I have not withdrawn from the problems of the day in the course of my development and I have never, as my political critics claim, lived in an ivory tower. But the first and most urgent of my problems has never been the state, society, or the church; it is the individual man, the personality, the unique unstandardized individual.
–Reflections, Hermann Hesse (trans. Ralph Manheim)
Reflections comprises quotes from Hesse on various topics (politics, religion, love — all the big ones and more), selected from his letters and books by Hesse expert Volker Michels.