Quotation by Thomas Mann

He was all for catharsis and purification, he dreamed of an aesthetic consecration that should cleanse society of luxury, the greed of gold and all unloveliness.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größ Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 199, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).
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