“For a brief moment I felt I was the older, the more mature.”A gift of life,” I responded, “if not to say, a gift of God, such as music, should not have the mocking charge of paradox leveled at it for things that are merely evidence of the fullness of its nature. One should love them.””Do you believe love is the strongest emotion?” he asked.”Do you know any stronger?””Yes, interest.””By which you probably mean a love that has been deprived of its animal warmth, is that it?””Let’s agree on that definition!” he said with a laugh. “Good night!”We had arrived again at the Leverkühn house, and he opened his front door.” ― Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus