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Thomas Mann Quotes


A German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate.
(1875 - 1955)

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A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
 

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.
 

A human being who is first of all an invalid is all body; therein lies his inhumanity and his debasement.
 

A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries.
 

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 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.
 

An art whose medium is language will always show a high degree of critical creativeness, for speech is itself a critique of life: it names, it characterizes, it passes judgment, in that it creates.
[Art]
 

Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
 

Beauty can pierce one like pain.
[Beauty]
 

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the fair-haired and the blue-eyed, the bright children of life, the happy, the charming and the ordinary.
 

Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you.
 

Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.
 

Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.
 

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
 

Everything is politics.
 

For I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of Beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide.
 

For the beautiful word begets the beautiful deed.
 

For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.
 


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