"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."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Thomas Mann on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Thomas Mann on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Thomas Mann on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Thomas Mann on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Thomas Mann on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."
"For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death have no sovereignty over his thoughts."
"All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life."
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death."