Thomas Mann

(1875-1955 / Lübeck)

Thomas Mann Quotes

  • ''Six months at most after they get here, these young people—and they are mostly young who come—have lost every idea they had, except flirtation and temperature.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 198, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini's critique of the Magic Mountain Society.
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  • ''Psycho-analyses—how disgusting.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 1, p. 9, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). The author's and the protagonist Hans Castorp's early fear and ridicule of Freudian psychoanalysis.
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  • ''Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface of the rotting mind, the greatest depravity of all.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, pp. 221-222, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini warning Hans Castorp of paradox.
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  • ''Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. The Magic Mountain, ch. 6, "Of The City of God," (1924), trans. by H.T. Lowe-Porter (1928).
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  • ''"Beer, tobacco, and music," he went on. "Behold the Fatherland."''
    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). Settembrini's characterization of Germany.
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  • ''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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  • ''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.
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  • ''"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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  • ''Le corps, l'amour, la mort, ces trois ne font qu'un.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 342, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). The quintessence of both Hans Castorp's love declaration to Chauchat and his characterization of the Magic Mountain as a whole.
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  • ''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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