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A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult
by Thomas Mann

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

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.
- Thomas Mann

 

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
- Thomas Mann

Has the world ever been changed by anything save the
thought and its magic vehicle the Word?
- Thomas Mann

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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

One must die to life in order to be utterly a creator.
- Thomas Mann

Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you.
- Thomas Mann

I don't think anyone is thinking long-term now.
- Thomas Mann

A man lives not only his personal life,
as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously,
the life of his epoch and his contemporaries.
- Thomas Mann

It could become much worse.
- Thomas Mann

Speech is civilization itself.
- Thomas Mann

I love and reverence the Word, the bearer of the spirit,
the tool and gleaming ploughshare of progress.
- Thomas Mann

For the beautiful word begets the beautiful deed.
- Thomas Mann

Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always
implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.
- Thomas Mann

The task of a writer consists of being able to make
something out of an idea.
- Thomas Mann

All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
- Thomas Mann

The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion,
the emotion that can wholly become a thought.
- Thomas Mann

Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated.
- Thomas Mann

I never can understand how anyone can not smoke it
deprives a man of the best part of life.
With a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe,
nothing can touch him, literally.
- Thomas Mann

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

What is uttered is finished and done with.
- Thomas Mann

Literature...
is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
- Thomas Mann

What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered,
when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures,
concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!
- Thomas Mann

Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler,
German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism.
- Thomas Mann

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary,
and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
- Thomas Mann

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the
fair-haired and the blue-eyed,
the bright children of life, the happy,
the charming and the ordinary.
- Thomas Mann

I shall need to sleep three weeks on end to get rested from the rest I've had.
- Thomas Mann

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.
- Thomas Mann

The Freudian theory is one of the most important foundation
stones for an edifice to be built by future generations,
the dwelling of a freer and wiser humanity.
- Thomas Mann

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained
quite unaltered through the course of hours.
- Thomas Mann

Psycho-analyses, how disgusting.
- Thomas Mann

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

We don't love qualities, we love persons;
sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
- Thomas Mann

Everything is politics.
- Thomas Mann

Order and simplification are the first steps toward
the mastery of a subject.
- Thomas Mann

Animals do not admire each other.
A horse does not admire its companion.
- Thomas Mann

Respectable means rich, and decent means poor.
I should die if I heard my family called decent.
- Thomas Mann

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals,
needs, and motives.
- Thomas Mann

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

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.
- Thomas Mann

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

Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
- Thomas Mann

What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion
of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
- Thomas Mann

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate,
and she is fate.
- Thomas Mann

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels,
has mental experiences which are at once more intense
and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.
- Thomas Mann

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

For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death
have no sovereignty over his thoughts.
- Thomas Mann

He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer.
- Thomas Mann

Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.
- Thomas Mann

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
- Thomas Mann

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

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

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

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

A writer should get as much education as possible,
but just going to school is not enough;
if it were,
all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

He invented this idea of telling the life story of
a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him.
It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow

My relatives used to laugh when I talked of being a writer.
- Taylor Caldwell

The head writer loves that my character is a boor.
- Rob Corddry

Here I am, where I ought to be.
A writer must have a place where he or she feels this,
a place to love and be irritated with.
- Louise Erdrich

To be a dramatic writer takes hard work,
talent, and discipline.
And that's why I just make up crap.
- Colin Mochrie

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where
time and place and eternity somehow meet.
His problem is to find that location.
- Flannery O'Connor

A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day,
and then gets stringy.
- E. B. White

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon


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