Thomas Mann Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old thomas mann quotes, thomas mann sayings, and thomas mann proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Time has no divisions 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 off pistols.     

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

Solitude gives birth to the original in us.     

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

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.     

Thomas Mann

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

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

Beauty can pierce one like a pain.     

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.     

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.     

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

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.     

Thomas Mann

Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface of the rotting mind, the greatest depravity of all.     

Thomas Mann

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

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

Myth is the foundation of life. It is the timeless pattern, the religious formula to which life shapes itself.     

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

A harmful truth is better than a useful lie.     

Thomas Mann

Democracy is eternal and human. It dignifies the human being; it respects humanity.     

Thomas Mann

Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportianate, the absurd and the forbidden.     

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

Beauty can pierce one like a pain.     

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann

Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject     

Thomas Mann

“Recreation", which is to say: a refreshing exercise of the organism, because it was in immediate danger of overindulging itself in the uninterrupted monotony of daily life and growing indifferent.     

Thomas Mann

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

Thomas Mann