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Thomas Mann Quotes

The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
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I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
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I meant to behave but there were too many other options
You had me at hello
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And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
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Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.  (Thomas Mann Quotes) What they, in their innocence, cannot comprehend is that a properly constituted, healthy, decent man never writes, acts, or composes.  (Thomas Mann Quotes) For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.  (Thomas Mann Quotes) What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.  (Thomas Mann Quotes) I shall need to sleep three weeks on end to get rested from the rest I’ve had  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols  (Thomas Mann Quotes) It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive  (Thomas Mann Quotes) An art whose medium is language will always show a high degree of critical creativeness, for speech is itself a critique of life: it names, it characterizes, it passes judgment, in that it creates  (Thomas Mann Quotes) For I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide  (Thomas Mann Quotes) For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd  (Thomas Mann Quotes) There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect  (Thomas Mann Quotes) What we call National - Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life  (Thomas Mann Quotes) It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death  (Thomas Mann Quotes) I love and reverence the word, the bearer of the spirit, the tool and gleaming ploughshare of progress  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject - the actual enemy is the unknown  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact - it is silence which isolates  (Thomas Mann Quotes) The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life; to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the the inviolable condition of life  (Thomas Mann Quotes) The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion, the emotion that can wholly become a thought  (Thomas Mann Quotes) We are most likely to get angry and excited in our opposition to some idea when we ourselves are not quite certain of our own position, and are inwardly tempted to take the other side  (Thomas Mann Quotes) The important thing for me, then, is not the work, but my life. Life is not the means for the achievement of an aesthetic ideal of perfection; on the contrary, the work is an ethical symbol of life  (Thomas Mann Quotes) I have an epic, not a dramatic nature. My disposition and my desires call for peace to spin my thread, for a steady rhythm in life and art  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Unhappy German nation, how do you like the Messianic role allotted to you, not by God, nor by destiny, but by a handful of perverted and bloody minded men?  (Thomas Mann Quotes) It is not good when people no longer believe in war. Pretty soon they no longer believe in many other things which they absolutely must believe in if they are to be decent men  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Only indifference is free. What is distinctive is never free, it is stamped with it's own seal, conditioned and chained  (Thomas Mann Quotes) It often happens that an old family, with traditions that are entirely practical, sober and bourgeois, undergoes in it's declining days a kind of artistic transfiguration  (Thomas Mann Quotes) Never had he felt the joy of the word more sweetly, never had he known so clearly that Eros dwells in language  (Thomas Mann Quotes) 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 Quotes)
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