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Henrik Ibsen Quotes


Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. It is said that Ibsen is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare.
(1828 - 1906)

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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
 

A forest bird never wants a cage.
 

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.
 

A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.
[Majority]
 

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
[Words]
 

And what if I did run my ship aground; oh, still it was splendid to sail it!
 

Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.
 

Different people have different duties assigned to them by Nature; Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, the other that. Each bird must sing with his own throat.
[Success]
 

Do you know what we are those of us who count as pillars of society? We are society's tools, neither more nor less.
 

Don't use that foreign word "ideals." We have that excellent native word "lies."
 

Everything which I have created as a poet has had its origin in a frame of mind and a situation in life; I never wrote because I had, as they say, found a good subject.
[Writing]
 

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
 

I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.
 

I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!
 

If I'm ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone.
 

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
 

Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed.
 

Many a man can save himself if he admits he's done wrong and takes his punishment.
 

Marriage is a very sea of calls and claims, which have but little to do with love.
[Marriage]
 

Marriage is something you have to give your whole mind to.
[Marriage]
 


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