"Everything is politics."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Thomas Mann on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Thomas Mann on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Thomas Mann on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Thomas Mann on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Thomas Mann on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"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."