Reflections — Society and the Individual

When a man feels the need of justifying his life, the crux is not any objective, universally valid level of achievement, but whether he has embodied his inborn essence as fully and purely as possible in his life and actions.

A thousand temptations are always deflecting us from this path, but the most compelling of them all is that deep down we should like to be quite different from what we are, that we try to live up to prototypes and ideas that we cannot, and indeed should not, attain.

Reflections, Hesse/Michels

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