Best Quotes by Thomas Mann (Top 10)

  1. A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
  2. 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.
  3. It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
  4. Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
  5. In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius.
  6. Nothing is more curious and awkward than the relationship of two people who only know each other with their eyes — who meet and observe each other daily, even hourly and who keep up the impression of disinterest either because of morals or because of a mental abnormality. Between them there is listlessness and pent-up curiosity, the hysteria of an unsatisfied, unnaturally suppressed need for communion and also a kind of tense respect. Because man loves and honors man as long as he is not able to judge him, and desire is a product of lacking knowledge.
  7. Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportianate, the absurd and the forbidden.
  8. Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.
  9. War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
  10. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.

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