Quotes

11 November 2014
Hans Castorp loved music from his heart; it worked upon him much the same way as did his breakfast porter, with deeply soothing, narcotic effect, tempting him to doze.
11 November 2014
Asia surrounds us—wherever one's glance rests, a Tartar physiognomy.
11 November 2014
What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
11 November 2014
Unhappy German nation, how do you like the Messianic rôle allotted to you, not by God, nor by destiny, but by a handful of perverted and bloody-minded men.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
Why does almost everything seem to me like its own parody? Why must I think that almost all, no, all the methods and conventions of art today are good for parody only?
11 November 2014
This longing for the bliss of the commonplace.
11 November 2014
Because it often happens that an old family, with traditions that are entirely practical, sober and bourgeois, undergoes in its declining days a kind of artistic transfiguration.
11 November 2014
That swamp of impropriety ... in ... which two civilized beings will behave like cannibals.
11 November 2014
The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion, the emotion that can wholly become a thought.

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