Quotations by Author

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.

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

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

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

It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject - the actual enemy is the unknown.

Speech is civilization itself.

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

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

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.