Thomas Mann

(1875-1955 / Lübeck)

Thomas Mann Quotes

  • ''I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Letter, 1950. Quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, "Thomas Mann—The Birth of Criticism," Thomas Mann and His Family (1987, trans. 1989).
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  • ''WHAT am I suffering from? Sexuality.... Will it destroy me? ... How can I rid myself of Sexuality?''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, "Thomas Mann—The Genius and His Helpers," Thomas Mann and His Family (1987, trans. 1989). Written at age 21.
  • ''Speech is civilization itself.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer, 1924. Settembrini, in The Magic Mountain, ch. 6, p. 518, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
  • ''Profundity must smile.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Lotte in Weimar, Fischer (1939). The Beloved Returns, ch. 7, p. 309, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Knopf (1940).
  • ''Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published in English as a fragmentary version in Reader's Digest, vol. 33, Pleasantville, New York (1939). The Coming Victory of Democracy, p. 14, trans. by Agnes E. Meyer, Knopf (1938). Text of Thomas Mann's lectures given during his coast-to- coast lecture tour of the United States, Feb-May 1939.
  • ''In effect it seemed to him that, though honor might possess certain advantages, yet shame had others, and not inferior: advantages, even, that were well-nigh boundless in their scope.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 3, p. 81, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's fascination with the advantages of shame.
  • ''All moral discipline, all moral perfection derived from the soul of literature.''
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 159, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini's credo.

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