Thomas Mann

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Thomas Mann

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.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Space, like time, engenders forgetfulness; but it does so by setting us bodily free from our surroundings and giving us back our primitive, unattached state.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
"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.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is uttered is finished and done with.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.More Thomas Mann [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:13]
A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:32]
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:25]
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.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:37]
Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:45]
Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:55]
Everything is politics.More Thomas Mann [07/15/2011 09:07:24]

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