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Quotations From THOMAS MANN

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  • 31.
    Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 178, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
  • 32.
    Our air up here is good for the disease—I mean good against the disease,... but it is also good for the disease.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 181, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hofrat Behrens' equivocal praise of his sanatorium.
  • 33.
    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.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 3, p. 48, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's symptomatic oral fixation with smoking.

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  • 34.
    And lending it one mental fillip the more, the fact that all these people were inwardly attacked by well-nigh resistless decay, and that most of them were feverish.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 112, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

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  • 35.
    What was life?
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 274-275, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's repeated question in his search for the primal matter and meaning of life.

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  • 36.
    Disease was a perverse, a dissolute form of life.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 285, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's conclusion of his extensive research into the matter and meaning of life.

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  • 37.
    I love and reverence the Word, the bearer of the spirit, the tool and gleaming ploughshare of progress.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 113, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini's cult of the word.

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  • 38.
    "Love as a force contributory to disease."
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 116, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). The general title of Krokowski's popular scientific lectures which also satirize the growing psychoanalytical movement.

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  • 39.
    Placet experiri.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 98, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Latin phrase that means it pleases to experiment. This Petrarcan quote figures as a central motto of the Magic Mountain.
  • 40.
    Culture and possessions—there is the bourgeoisie for you.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 7, p. 513, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Naphta's Marxist critique of class and consciousness.

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