"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Thomas Mann on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Thomas Mann on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Thomas Mann on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Thomas Mann on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Thomas Mann on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."