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THOMAS MANN
American (German-born) novelist
(1875 - 1955)
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A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.
      - [Truth]

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.
      - [Solitude]

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
      - [Writers]

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
      - [Writers]

All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
      - [Death : Disease]

Art is to the community what the dream is to the individual.
      - [Art]

He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer.
      - [Love]

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
      - [Reason]

It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
      - [Love]

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.
      - [Opinion]

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.
      - [Behavior]

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.
      - [Forgetfulness]

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
      - [Time]

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
      - [War]

What we call mourning for our dead is perhaps not so much grief at not being able to call them back; as it is grief at not being able to want to do so.
      - [Grief]

"What does this mean.--What--does this mean. . . ."
  "Well, now deuce take it, c'est la question, ma tres chere demoiselle!"
      - Buddenbooks (ch. 1),
        (John E. Woods translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

"And--and--what comes next?"
  "Oh, yes, yes, what the dickens does come next? C'est la question, ma tres chere demoiselle!"
      - Buddenbrooks (pt. 1, ch. 1),
        (H.T. Lowe-Porter translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

It was beyond the hills north of Hebron, a little east of the Jerusalem road, in the month of Adah; a spring evening, so brightly moonlit that one could have seen to read, and the leaves of the single tree there standing, an ancient and mighty terebinth, short-trunked, with strong and spreading branches, stood out find and sharp against the light, beside their clusters of blossom--highly distinct, yet shimmering in a web of moonlight.
      - Joseph and His Brothers (ch. 1),
        (H.T. Lowe-Porter translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Very deep is the well of the past. Should we not call it bottomless?
      - Joseph and His Brothers (prelude),
        (H.T. Lowe-Porter translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

The atmosphere of Torre di Venere remains unpleasant in the memory. From the first moment the air of the place made us uneasy, we felt irritable, on edge; then at the end came the shocking business of Cipolla, that dreadful being who seemed to incorporate, in so fateful and so humanly impressive a way, all the peculiar evilness of the situation as a whole.
      - Mario the Magician,
        a novella, (H.T. Lowe-Porter translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

An ordinary young man was on his way from his hometown of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the canton of Graubunden. It was the height of summer, and he planned to stay for three weeks.
      - The Magic Mountain (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]


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