Saturday, January 12, 2013

Quote of the Day (Thomas Mann, on the ‘Gift of Admiration’)

“I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don’t know where I would be without it.”—Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann (1875-1955), 1950 letter quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Thomas Mann and His Family, "Thomas Mann—The Birth of Criticism" (1987; translated 1989)

(Photograph of Mann taken in April 1937 by Carl Van Vechten, now part of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Van Vechten Collection)

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