Quotes by 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
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
– Thomas Mann
Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
– Thomas Mann
Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.
– Thomas Mann
Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
– Thomas Mann
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
– 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
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
– Thomas Mann
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
– Thomas Mann
The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.
– Thomas Mann
The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.
– Thomas Mann
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.
– 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
This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.
– Thomas Mann
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.
– Thomas Mann
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
– Thomas Mann
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
– Thomas Mann
What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
– 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
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.
– Thomas Mann