the rigorous m

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quotes: mann on priorities

Posted by rigorousm on January 19, 2011

Knowledge is all-knowing, understanding, forgiving; it takes up no position, sets no store by form. It has no compassion with the abyss– it is the abyss. So we reject it, firmly, and henceforth our concern shall be with beauty only. And by beauty we mean simplicity, largeness, and renewed severity of discipline; we mean a return to detachment and to form.
— Thomas Mann – Death in Venice, pp. 72-73.

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