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  • A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. The Magic Mountain, ch. 6, "A Soldier, And Brave," (1924), trans. by H.T. Lowe-Porter (1928).

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  • Extraordinary creature! So close a friend, and yet so remote.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. "A Man and his Dog," Stories of Three Decades (1919, repr. 1930).

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  • O scenes of the beautiful world! Never have you presented yourself to more appreciative eyes.
    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. 2, ch. 4, p. 75, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955).

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  • All moral discipline, all moral perfection derived from the soul of literature.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 159, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955). Settembrini's credo.
  • The intellect longs for the delights of the non-intellect, that which is alive and beautiful dans sa stupiditĂ©.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Fischer (1954). Madame Houpflé, in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, bk. 2, ch. 9, pp. 170-171, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955). A parodic reworking of the author's own early conflicts.

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  • But he would "stay the course"Mit was his favorite motto.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23 (Oct. and Nov. 1912). Death in Venice, ch. 2, p. 201, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988). This motto characterizes most succinctly the work ethic of Gustav Aschenbach, the novella's main protagonist.

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  • 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.
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 5, p. 261, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).

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