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Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann was born into a politically active dynasty of merchants in the ancient city of Lubeck on the northern coast of Germany. His family became the unwitting passive objects of one of his biggest successes when he included the decline of three generations of his family in his 1901 publication Buddenbrooks. He was a prolific writer and many short story's were to follow and after a great number of his works were translated to English in the mid 1920's his writing was beginning to earn him global acclaim. After numerous nominations he claimed the nobel prize in literature in 1929 and his reputation as one of the great modern German writers was complete. Although politically aware he was never active until the rise of Nazism drove him to despair and to speak out loudly of the despotic regime. Aware that his life was in great danger he fled Germany and took up political protest initially in Switzerland and then Czechoslovakia until the Germans marched on Prague in 1939 that forced him to flee Europe to the United States. He returned to live in Switzerland in 1952 after the witch hunts of the McCarthyism era deemed him a communist sympathiser that was a threat to national security. His body of work became an inspiration to generations of German writers including 3 of his children who went on to become famous German writers in their own right. Prolific writers like Mann always make research interesting when sifting their their speeches and statements, so here is my list of the 14 best Thomas Mann quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Paul Thomas Mann
  • Born: 6th June 1875, Lübeck, German Empire
  • Died: 12th August 1955, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Alma mater: Maximillians University of Munich and Technical University of Munich
  • Occupation: Novelist and short story writer
  • Awards: He won the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Influenced: Heinrich Böll, Joseph Heller, Orhan Pamuk and Yukio Mishima
  • Trivia: During WWII the BBC broadcast on long wave to the German people in their native language his speeches and criticisms of the Nazi regime

"War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace"

Thomas Mann

"The revolutionary opportunism and the glow of false dawn in the Fascist tendencies are tainted magic"

Thomas Mann

"I met the New Passion, then, as democracy, as political enlightenment and the humanitarianism of happiness. I understood its efforts to be toward the politicization of everything ethos"

Thomas Mann

"What is success? It is an inner, an indescribable force, resourcefulness, power of vision; a consciousness that I am, by my mere existence, exerting pressure on the movement of life about me"

Thomas Mann

"I think of my suffering, of the problem of my suffering. What am I suffering from? From knowledge"

Thomas Mann

"Life is not the means for the achievement of an esthetic ideal of perfection; on the contrary, the work is an ethical symbol of life"

Thomas Mann

"Fanaticism turns into a means of salvation, enthusiasm into epileptic ecstasy, politics becomes an opiate for the masses, a proletarian eschatology; and reason veils her face"

Thomas Mann

"Only indifference is free. What is distinctive is never free, it is stamped with its own seal, conditioned and chained"

Thomas Mann

"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory"

Thomas Mann

"There are so many different kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst"

Thomas Mann

"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil"

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth"

Thomas Mann

"Beauty can pierce one like pain"

Thomas Mann





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