Thomas Mann

German writer concerned about the role of the artist in bourgeois society (1875-1955)

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The only religious way to think of death is as a part and parcel of life to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the inviolable condition of life.
We don't love qualities, we love persons sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.
Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something I don't know where I would be without it.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.
Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
The meeting in the open of two dogs, strangers to each other, is one of the most painful, thrilling, and pregnant of all conceivable encounters; it is surrounded by an atmosphere of the last canniness, presided over by a constraint for which I have no precise name; they simply cannot pass each other, their mutual embarrassment is frightful to behold.
This was love at first sight, love everlasting a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected--in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
We, when we sow the seeds of doubt deeper than the most up-to-date and modish free-thought has ever dreamed of doing, we well know what we are about. Only out of radical skeptics, out of moral chaos, can the Absolute spring, the anointed Terror of which the time has need.
What is uttered is finished and done with.

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