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Author QuotedHerman Hesse
Title QuotedSteppenwolf
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/12/06
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1927I
Quotation"Most men will not swim before they are able to." [Note 84: Novalis, as quoted with approval by Hesse's Steppenwolf.] For Nagarjuna, all things are self-contradictory. The root of the Steppenwolf sickness is Steppenwolfs conviction that he is uniquely self-contradictory, and that his selfcontradiction is resolved into a duality of wolf and man, self-love and self-hate. But this duality arises from ignorance of the fact that all "things" are self-contradictory in their very claim to privacy. The Steppenwolf, however, creates a double illusion by the price he places on private individuality as capable of special and unique relationships.
Quotation SourceThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 325
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