Paul Thomas Mann (UK: MAN, US: MAHN; German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈman] (listen); 6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for...
Nothing is stranger or more ticklish than a relationship between people who know each other only by sight, who meet and observe each other daily — no, hourly — and are nevertheless compelled to keep up the pose of an indifferent stranger, neither greeting nor addressing each other, whether out of etiquette or their own whim.
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth.
Freedom in not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.
—Henry Steele Commager in Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent
A person who says, "I'm enlightened," probably isn't.
Who cares if you're enlightened forever? Can you just get it in this moment, now?