Quotation by Thomas Mann

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. The Magic Mountain, ch. 5, "Whims of Mercurius," (1924), trans. by H.T. Lowe-Porter (1928).
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