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.Rate it:
We don't love qualities, we love persons sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.Rate it:
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.Rate it:
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.Rate it:
All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.Rate it:
Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.Rate it:
Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.Rate 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.Rate 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.Rate it:
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.Rate it:
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.Rate it:
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.Rate it:
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.Rate it:
Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
What is uttered is finished and done with.Rate it:

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