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Thomas Mann Quotes

(1875-1955), German Author, Critic

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.

Category: Admiration

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.

Category: Death And Dying

It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.

Category: Democracy

Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.

Category: Dogs

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.

Category: Dogs

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.

Category: Fate

If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.

Category: Ideas

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.

Category: Language

There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect.

Category: Music

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.

Category: Opinions

Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.

Category: Simplicity

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.

Category: Skepticism

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.

Category: Socializing And Socialism

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.

Category: Solitude

What is uttered is finished and done with.

Category: Speakers And Speaking