I actually eyeballed the book today and made copies of a few pages. It is
(I was in error) titled _Reflections_, but I am unsure that it is a
translation of a specific book in German. Curiously, the quote in question
is ascribed to (minus the umlaut) _Die Kunst des Mussiggangs_, translated
as The Art of Indolence. _Betrachtung_ is listed in the sources as one that
has not been translated into English. _Reflections_ is intended as a
collection of aphorisms selected from numerous works, with this opening
remark from the author: "Aphorisms are something like jewels; rarity
increases their value, and they are enjoyable only in small doses."
Many are on the theme of the individual versus the mass mind: "Every human
being is a unique individual. Any attempt to replace the personal
conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward
I like that one. Do you think TSE's famous remark in the preface to
_Nightwood_ trumps it? (It's famous, but I'm not recalling the word for
word; something like those who stand on individualism and those who
privilege the group "are eaten by the same worm."
This week marks the end of the term here, so I don't expect the book to fly
off the shelf should there be any other info you'd like about it.
At 01:19 PM 6/9/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>I think we (Rickrd) have found the source, but I haven't
>had the opportunity to verify it. It is as follows:
> I have seen a room, a city, a country so frenzied and intoxicated
> that it becomes a homogeneous mass, and all individuality is
> extinguished. In one great surge of unanimity, every previously
> distinct impulse merges into a single mass impulse, and hundreds,
> thousands, or millions are held captive as they express themselves
> first with heroic, selfless devotion, in tears and touching
> declarations, but then in madness and lust for war. My instinct as
> an artist has always warned me against this human capacity to
> become drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective
> hatred, or collective honor...Indeed, it makes me shudder, for
> others weep with rapture and enthusiasm, cheering and venting and
> crying out about brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going
> up in flames.
> - Herman Hesse -- From REFLECTIONS.
> New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974 : 10.
>From: Michael Orlandi
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Sent: 6/9/03 11:04 AM
>Subject: Re: Herman Hesse quote
>I must have missed a few mails... what is the quote you are looking for?
>Searching for Saint-Exupery's quotes I discovered a few German sites
>with Hesse quotes.