Thomas Mann (Writer)

#47099 Thomas Mann

We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about war
#47100 Thomas Mann

Life is not the means for the achievement of an esthetic ideal of perfection; on the contrary, the work is an ethical symbol of life. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47101 Thomas Mann

I have an epic, not a dramatic nature. My disposition and my desires call for peace to spin my thread, for a steady rhythm in life and art. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47102 Thomas Mann

Fanaticism turns into a means of salvation, enthusiasm into epileptic ecstasy, politics becomes an opiate for the masses, a proletarian eschatology; and reason veils her face. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about politics
#47103 Thomas Mann

Unhappy German nation, how do you like the Messianic role allotted to you, not by God, nor by destiny, but by a handful of perverted and bloody-minded men? .

Thomas Mann Quotes about mind
#47104 Thomas Mann

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. .

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#47105 Thomas Mann

It is not good when people no longer believe in war. Pretty soon they no longer believe in many other things which they absolutely must believe in if they are to be decent men. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about war
#47106 Thomas Mann

Only indifference is free. What is distinctive is never free, it is stamped with its own seal, conditioned and chained. .

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#47107 Thomas Mann

I think of my suffering, of the problem of my suffering. What am I suffering from? From knowledge — is it going to destroy me? What am I suffering from? From sexuality — is it going to destroy me? How I hate it, this knowledge which forces even art to join it! How I hate it, this sensuality, which claims everything fine and good is its consequence and effect. Alas, it is the poison that lurks in everything fine and good! — How am I to free myself of knowledge? By religion? How am I to free myself of sexuality? By eating rice? .

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#47108 Thomas Mann

Here and there, among a thousand other peddlers, are slyly hissing dealers who urge you to come along with them to allegedly "very beautiful" girls, and not only to girls. They keep at it, walk alongside, praising their wares until you answer roughly. They don't know that you have resolved to eat nothing but rice just to escape from sexuality! .

Thomas Mann Quotes about war
#47110 Thomas Mann

It is as though something had begun to slip – as though I haven’t the firm grip I had on events. – What is success? It is an inner, an indescribable force, resourcefulness, power of vision; a consciousness that I am, by my mere existence, exerting pressure on the movement of life about me. It is my belief in the adaptability of life to my own ends. Fortune and success lie within ourselves. We must hold them firmly – deep within us. For as soon as something begins to slip, to relax, to get tired, within us, then everything without us will rebel and struggle to withdraw from our influence. One thing follows another, blow after blow – and the man is finished. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47111 Thomas Mann

Beauty can pierce one like pain. .

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#47112 Thomas Mann

That daily the night falls; that over stresses and torments, cares and sorrows the blessing of sleep unfolds, stilling and quenching them; that every anew this draught of refreshment and lethe is offered to our parching lips, ever after the battle this mildness laves our shaking limbs, that from it, purified from sweat and dust and blood, strengthened, renewed, rejuvenated, almost innocent once more, almost with pristine courage and zeal we may go forth again — these I hold to be the benignest, the most moving of all the great facts of life. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47113 Thomas Mann

I met the New Passion, then, as democracy, as political enlightenment and the humanitarianism of happiness. I understood its efforts to be toward the politicization of everything ethos; its aggressiveness and doctrinary intolerance consisted – I experienced them personally – in its denial and slander of every nonpolitical ethos. “Mankind” as humanitarian internationalism; “reason” and “virtue” as the radical republic; intellect as a thing between a Jacobin club and Freemasonry; art as social literature and maliciously seductive rhetoric in the service of social “desirability”; here we have the New Passion in its purest political form as I saw it close up. I admit that this is a special, extremely romanticized form of it. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about happiness
#47114 Thomas Mann

The important thing for me, then, is not the "work," but my life. Life is not the means for the achievement of an esthetic ideal of perfection; on the contrary, the work is an ethical symbol of life. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47115 Thomas Mann

He is no longer with me—by my orders—but then that is merel the carrying-out of an order, after all a kind of negative being-with-me, as he would say. As for anywhich Bashan might lead without me during these hours—that is not to be thought of. .

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#47116 Thomas Mann

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

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#47117 Thomas Mann

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 preciser name; they simply cannot pass each other, their mutual embarrassment is frightful to behold. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about pain
#47118 Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann Quotes about truth
#47120 Thomas Mann

This fantastic state of mind, of a humanity that has outrun its ideas, is matched by a political scene in the grotesque style, with Salvation Army methods, hallelujahs and bell-ringing and dervishlike repetition of monotonous catchwords, until everybody foams at the mouth. Fanaticism turns into a means of salvation, enthusiasm into epileptic ecstasy, politics becomes an opiate for the masses, a proletarian eschatology; and reason veils her face. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about politics
#47121 Thomas Mann

The deep conviction . . . that nothing good for Germany or the world can come out of the present German regime, has made me avoid the country in whose spiritual tradition I am more deeply rooted than are those who for three years have been trying to find courage enough to declare before the world that I am not a German. And I feel to the bottom of my heart that I have done right in the eyes of my contemporaries and of posterity. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about art
#47122 Thomas Mann

In the Word is involved the unity of humanity, the wholeness of the human problem, which permits nobody to separate the intellectual and artistic from the political and social, and to isolate himself within the ivory tower of the "cultural" proper. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about art
#47123 Thomas Mann

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

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#47124 Thomas Mann

In certain respects, particularly economically, National-Socialism is nothing but bolshevism. These two are hostile brothers of whom the younger has learned everything from the older, the Russian excepting only morality. .

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#47125 Thomas Mann

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. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about love
#47126 Thomas Mann

The Freudian theory is one of the most important foundation stones for an edifice to be built by future generations, the dwelling of a freer and wiser humanity. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about humanity
#47128 Thomas Mann

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. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about freedom
#47129 Thomas Mann

What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47130 Thomas Mann

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. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life
#47132 Thomas Mann

Politics has been called the “art of the possible,” and it actually is a realm akin to art insofar as, like art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life, the idea and reality. .

Thomas Mann Quotes about life

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