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Admiration
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Thomas Mann
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War by Demian...is unforgettable. With uncanny accuracy this poetic work struck the nerve of the times and called forth grateful rapture from a whole youthful generation who believed that an interpreter of their innermost life had risen from their own midst.
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-Thomas Mann, From the Introduction to Herman Hesse's Demian, 1919
Communism
Engrave this Quote Every reasonable human being should be a moderate Socialist.
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-Thomas Mann
Conversation
Engrave this Quote Speech is civilization itself. The word... preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates.
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-Thomas Mann
Death
Engrave this Quote The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.
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Democracy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Thomas Mann
Dogs
Engrave this Quote Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.
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Engrave this Quote The meeting in the open of two dogs, strangers to each other, is one of the most painful, thrilling, and pregnant of all conceivable encounters; it is surrounded by an atmosphere of the last canniness, presided over by a constraint for which I have no precise name; they simply cannot pass each other, their mutual embarrassment is frightful to behold.
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Doubt
Engrave this Quote We, when we sow the seeds of doubt deeper than the most up-to-date and modish free-thought has ever dreamed of doing, we well know what we are about. Only out of radical skeptics, out of moral chaos, can the Absolute spring, the anointed Terror of which the time has need.
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-Thomas Mann
Fate & Destiny
Engrave this Quote Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
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-Thomas Mann
Ideas
Engrave this Quote If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.
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Language
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Love
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Music
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Mystery
Engrave this Quote You ask what is the use of classification, arrangement, systemization? I answer you: order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject-the actual enemy is the unknown.
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-Thomas Mann
Opinion
Engrave this Quote Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them.
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-Thomas Mann
Simplicity
Engrave this Quote Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.
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Solitude
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Thomas Mann, Death in Venice, 1911
Speeches (oratory)
Engrave this Quote What is uttered is finished and done with.
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Time
Engrave this Quote Time has no division to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm 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 pistols.
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-Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Engrave this Quote Hold fast the time! Guard it, watch over it, every hour, every minute! Unregarded it slips away, like a lizard, smooth, slippery, faithless, a pixy wife. Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.
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-Thomas Mann, The Beloved Returns, 1939
Tolerance
Engrave this Quote Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
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-Thomas Mann

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