But even if you would die ten times for him…

At the Still Point

“Which father, which teacher had been able to protect him from living his life for himself, from soiling himself with life, from burdening himself with guilt, from drinking the bitter drink for himself, from finding his path for himself? Would you think, my dear, anybody might perhaps be spared from taking this path? […] But even if you would die ten times for him, you would not be able to take the slightest part of his destiny upon yourself.”

— Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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2 thoughts on “But even if you would die ten times for him…”

  1. I hope I am understanding this writing, but it is late. I understand this to mean, nobody can live anothers life. Though a teacher or carer can shape that life so that it moves on a good rather than a bad road.


    1. That’s pretty much how I see it Alex; my understanding of it is that though we may wish to spare our beloved ones from pain or suffering of any kind, they must find their own path, and we wouldn’t want to take that away from them, as we might prevent them from fulfilling their destiny, no matter how well intentioned we might be. That’s my take on it anyway!


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