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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
while
         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.



-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Orlandi
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Sent: 6/9/03 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: Herman Hesse quote

Good Evening,

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.

Best Regards,

Michael