Reading • My 10 Favourite Quotes By Thomas Mann



I think many of us have read in our youth classical books, like “Death in Venice” and “The Magic Mountain”. Thomas Mann, this important German novelist that was nominated with the Nobel Price in Literature in 1929, was born on June 6th, 1875. In this Sunday post about reading, I remember my ten favorite quotes from his books and essays.

  1. A harmful truth is better than a useful lie. (The Magic Mountain)

  2. Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject — the actual enemy is the unknown. (The Magic Mountain)

  3. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. (Essays of Three Decades)

  4. There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst. (The Magic Mountain)

  5. Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.

  6. Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact—it is silence which isolates.

  7. If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it. (Tonio Kröger)

  8. 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.

  9. 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. (Death in Venice and Other Tales)

  10. In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius.


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