Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Happy Birthday Thomas Mann !

Thomas Mann
Today is the birthday of a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist Thomas Mann. Mann's (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
·         A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
·         It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
·         unworthy of the consecration of death.
·         ... a secret and ardent stirring within the frozen chastity of the universal.
·         A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
·         Distance in a straight line has no mystery. The mystery is in the sphere.
·         Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportianate, the absurd and the forbidden.
·         In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius.
·         He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer.
·         No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.
·         This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected--in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.
·         There is only one real misfortune: to forfeit one's own good opinion of oneself. Lose your complacency, once betray your own self-contempt and the world will unhesitatingly endorse it.
·         Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.
·         War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
·         Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
·         Yes, they are carnal, both of them, love and death, and therein lies their terror and their great magic!
·         Forbearance in the face of fate, beauty constant under torture, are not merely passive. They are a positive achievement, an explicit triumph.
·         He probably was mediocre after all, though in a very honorable sense of that word.
·         I have always been an admirer, I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
·         He thought what a fine thing it was that people made music all over the world, even in the strangest settings – probably even on polar expeditions.
·         What pleases the public is lively and vivid delineation which makes no demands on the intellect; but passionate and absolutist youth can only be enthralled by a problem.
·         I tell them that if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the flesh.
·         I stand between two worlds. I am at home in neither, and I suffer in consequence. You artists call me a bourgeois, and the bourgeois try to arrest me...I don't know which makes me feel worse.
·         Thought that can merge wholly into feeling, feeling that can merge wholly into thought - these are the artist's highest joy.
·         We do not fear being called meticulous, inclining as we do to the view that only the exhaustive can be truly interesting.
·         Is not life in itself a thing of goodness, irrespective of whether the course it takes for us can be called a 'happy' one?
·         All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
·         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!
·         Wahrscheinlich kann man vom Nichtwollen seelisch nicht leben; eine Sache nicht tun wollen, das ist auf Dauer kein Lebensinhalt.
·         What good would politics be, if it didn’t give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises.