Facts about Thomas Mann

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Thomas Mann was a famous Writer from Germany, who lived between June 6, 1875 and August 12, 1955. He/she became 80 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac gemini, who is known for Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable. Our collection contains 44 quotes who is written / told by Thomas.

Related authors: Philippe Halsman

Famous quotes by Thomas Mann (44)


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"War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace"
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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"
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"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death"
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"What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!"
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"Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours"
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"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"
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"The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion, the emotion that can wholly become a thought"
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"The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea"
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"The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life"
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"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"
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"Speech is civilization itself"
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"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"
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"Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent"
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"Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler, German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism"
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"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"
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"It could become much worse"
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"If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it"
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"I shall need to sleep three weeks on end to get rested from the rest I've had"
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"I never can understand how anyone can not smoke it deprives a man of the best part of life. With a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him, literally"
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"I love and reverence the Word, the bearer of the spirit, the tool and gleaming ploughshare of progress"
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"I don't think anyone is thinking long-term now"
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"Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate"
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"He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer"
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"Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word?"
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"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"
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"For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts"
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"For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious"
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"For the beautiful word begets the beautiful deed"
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"For I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of Beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide"
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"Everything is politics"
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"Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist"
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"Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body"
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"Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness"
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"Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you"
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"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"
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"Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion"
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"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"
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"All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life"
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"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people"
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"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"
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"A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own"
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"A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries"
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"A harmful truth is better than a useful lie"
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"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth"


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