Quotation by Thomas Mann

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.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. speech, January 22, 1929, Prussian Academy of Art, Berlin, repr. In Essays of Three Decades (1942). "Lessing," (first published 1930, trans. 1933).
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