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Thomas Mann
(6 Jun 1875 - 12 Aug 1955)

German-American writer who was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature. He went into voluntary exile in Switzerland (1933) and his German citizenship was revoked in 1936. He became a natuarlized Czech citizen in 1936, immigrated to the U.S. (1938) where he became a citizen in 1944, then immigrated to Switzerland in 1952. He wrote novels, short fiction works and non-fiction essays

Science Quotes by Thomas Mann (6 quotes)

A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a great truth.
— Thomas Mann
Essay on Freud (1937). Quoted in Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne and John Archibald Wheeler, Gravitation (1973), 1208.
Science quotes on:  |  Great (1575)  |  Opposite (104)  |  Truth (1062)

Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.
— Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain (1924, 1965), 178.
Science quotes on:  |  Body (537)  |  Disease (332)  |  More (2559)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Physical (508)

I shall never forget the sight. The vessel of crystallization was three quarters full of slightly muddy water—that is, dilute water-glass—and from the sandy bottom there strove upwards a grotesque little landscape of variously colored growths: a confused vegetation of blue, green, and brown shoots which reminded one of algae, mushrooms, attached polyps, also moss, then mussels, fruit pods, little trees or twigs from trees, here, and there of limbs. It was the most remarkable sight I ever saw, and remarkable not so much for its profoundly melancholy nature. For when Father Leverkόhn asked us what we thought of it and we timidly answered him that they might be plants: “No,” he replied, “they are not, they only act that way. But do not think the less of them. Precisely because they do, because they try as hard as they can, they are worthy of all respect.”
It turned out that these growths were entirely unorganic in their origin; they existed by virtue of chemicals from the apothecary's shop.
— Thomas Mann
Description of a “chemical garden” in Doktor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkόhn, as Told by a Friend, (1947), 19.
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I tell them if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the flesh.
— Thomas Mann
The Magic Mountain (1924, 1965), 417.
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Science never makes an advance until philosophy authorizes it to do so.
— Thomas Mann
Essay on Freud (1937). Quoted in Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne and John Archibald Wheeler, Gravitation (1973), 1208.
Science quotes on:  |  Advance (280)  |  Authorization (3)  |  Authorize (5)  |  Do (1908)  |  Never (1087)  |  Philosophy (382)  |  Science (3880)

Some of the men stood talking in this room, and at the right of the door a little knot had formed round a small table, the center of which was the mathematics student, who was eagerly talking. He had made the assertion that one could draw through a given point more than one parallel to a straight line; Frau Hagenstrφm had cried out that this was impossible, and he had gone on to prove it so conclusively that his hearers were constrained to behave as though they understood.
— Thomas Mann
In Little Herr Friedemann (1961), 25.
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