Klingsor’s Last Summer

Klingsor drank and whispered back in his somewhat hoarse voice. “Can a man change fate? Is there freedom of the will? Can you, astrologer, guide my stars differently?”

“I cannot guide them, only interpret them. Only you yourself can guide. There is freedom of the will. It is the wisdom of the Magi.”

“Why should I practice the wisdom of the Magi when I can practice art? Isn’t art just as good?”

“Everything is good. Nothing is good. The wisdom of the Magi abolishes illusions. It abolishes the worst of illusions, which we call ‘time’”.

“Doesn’t art do that also?”

— Hermann Hesse

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