Quotation by Thomas Mann

I never can understand how anyone can not smoke—it deprives a man of the best part of life ... with a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him—literally.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 3, p. 48, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).

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