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  • 21.
    Wagner's art is the most sensational self-portrayal and self- critique of German nature that it is possible to conceive.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 250, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).

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  • 22.
    Only he who desires is amiable and not he who is satiated.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Fischer (1954). Felix Krull, in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, bk. 1, ch. 8, p. 46, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955).
  • 23.
    Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler, German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. first complete publication as Deutschland und die Deutschen in "Die Neue Rundschau," Stockholm, Heft 1, Oct. 1945. Germany and the German, p. 64, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Library of Congress (1963). Thomas Mann delivered this address in the Library of Congress, May 29, 1945.
  • 24.
    Democracy is timelessly human, and timelessness always implies a certain amount of potential youthfulness.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published in English as a fragmentary version in Reader's Digest, vol. 33, Pleasantville, New York (1939). The Coming Victory of Democracy, p. 14, trans. by Agnes E. Meyer, Knopf (1938). Text of Thomas Mann's lectures given during his coast-to- coast lecture tour of the United States, Feb-May 1939.
  • 25.
    Profundity must smile.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Lotte in Weimar, Fischer (1939). The Beloved Returns, ch. 7, p. 309, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Knopf (1940).

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  • 26.
    Speech is civilization itself.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer, 1924. Settembrini, in The Magic Mountain, ch. 6, p. 518, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
  • 27.
    WHAT am I suffering from? Sexuality.... Will it destroy me? ... How can I rid myself of Sexuality?
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, "Thomas Mann—The Genius and His Helpers," Thomas Mann and His Family (1987, trans. 1989). Written at age 21.
  • 28.
    I find (a coffin) a handsome piece of furniture, even empty; when someone is lying in it, then, in my eyes, it is positively sublime.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 109, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Emblematic of Hans Catorp's fascination with death.

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  • 29.
    L'amour pour lui, pour le corps humain, c'est de même un intérêt extrêmement humanitaire et une puissance plus éducative que toute la pédagogie du monde!
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, p. 342, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Hans Castorp's summa of his variegated education in the first part of The Magic Mountain.
  • 30.
    Russian women all have something free and large about them.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 137, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

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