Thomas Mann, The Black Swan
Monday, September 8, 2008
Never Say that Nature Deceived Me
"...never say that Nature deceived me, that she is sardonic and cruel. Do not rail at her, as I do not. I am loth to go away -- from you all, from life with its spring. But how should there be spring without death? Indeed, death is a great instrument of life, and if for me it borrowed the guise of resurrection, of the joy of love, that was not a lie, but goodness and mercy....Nature -- I have always loved her, and she -- has been loving to her child."