It was a brilliant, mutinous period. Brecht gave back to German prose its Lutheran simplicity and Thomas Mann brought into his style the supple, luminous elegance of the classic and Mediterranean tradition. These years, 1920-33, were the anni mirabiles of the modern German spirit.
Eheu fugaces, Postume, Postume, labuntur anni. Oh, my Postumus,Postumus, the fleeting years are slipping by.
Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum: Multa recedentes adimunt.
Singula de nobis anni praedantur euntes .
Singula de nobis anni prædantur euntes. Each passing year robs us of some possession.
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