"The Steppenwolf stood entirely outside the world of convention."
"Steppenwolf threw me a quick look, a look which criticized both the words and the speaker of them—an unforgettable and frightful look which spoke volumes!"
"Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold."
"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
"Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity."
"To be able to throw one's self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman's smile - that is happiness."
"At the first kiss I felt something melt inside me that hurt in an exquisite way. All my longings, all my dreams and sweet anguish, All the secrets that slept deep within me came awake, Everything was transformed and enchanted, everything made sense."
"Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest."
"I am going to teach you to dance and play and smile, and still not be happy. And you are going to teach me to think and to know and yet not be happy. Do you know that we are both children of the Devil?"
"There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness."
"The books constantly increased, for besides bringing whole armfuls back with him from the libraries ... and he was always getting parcels of them by post."
"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it."
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