Thomas Mann Quotations

Thomas Mann

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Habituation is a falling asleep or fatiguing of the sense of time, which explains why young years pass slowly, while later life flings itself faster and faster upon its course.

It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.

Speech is civilization itself. The word -- even the most contradictory word -- preserves contact. It is silence which isolates.

Thought that can merge wholly into feeling, feeling that can merge wholly into thought -- these are the artist's highest joy.