Thursday, April 4, 2024

Quote of the Day (Thomas Mann, on Space, Time, and Forgetfulness)

“Space, like time, engenders forgetfulness; but it does so by setting us bodily free from our surroundings and giving us back our primitive, unattached state. Yes, it can even, in the twinkling of an eye, make something like a vagabond of the pedant and Philistine. Time, we say, is Lethe; but change of air is a similar draught, and, if it works less thoroughly, does so more quickly.”—German novelist and Nobel Literature laureate Thomas Mann (1875-1955), The Magic Mountain, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter (1924)

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