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Mann, Thomas
Born: 1875-06-06
Died: 1955-08-12

German author, journalist, playwright.

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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

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
- Thomas Mann

A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann

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

All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
- 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

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

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

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

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

 


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