Zitat des Tages von 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.
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
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.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
For the beautiful word begets the beautiful deed.
Everything is politics.
A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own.
One must die to life in order to be utterly a creator.
Speech is civilization itself.
I don't think anyone is thinking long-term now.
Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.
Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated.
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.
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.
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.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Psycho-analyses, how disgusting.
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.
A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.
Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler, German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism.
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.
One has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.
For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts.
Literature... is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
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!
It could become much worse.
If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.
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.
Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
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.
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.