Thomas Mann Quotes

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.
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
The only religious way to think of death is as a part and parcel of life to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the inviolable condition of life.
We don't love qualities, we love persons sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
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.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
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.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
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