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
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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.