Quotation by Thomas Mann

The purifying, healing influence of literature, the dissipating of passions by knowledge and the written word, literature as the path to understanding, forgiveness and love, the redeeming might of the word, the literary spirit as the noblest manifestation of the spirit of man, the writer as perfected type, as saint.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 6, p. 525, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
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