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Henrik Ibsen (Writer)

He who possesses liberty otherwise than as an aspiration possesses it soulless, dead.
Henrik Ibsen soul
The State has its root in time, and will ripe and rot in time.
Henrik Ibsen time
That power which circumstances placed in my hands, and which is an emanation of divinity, I am conscious of having used to the best of my skill. I have never wittingly wronged any one.
Henrik Ibsen power
To live is to battle the demons in the heart as well as the brain. To write is to preside at judgement day over one's self.
Henrik Ibsen art
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.
Henrik Ibsen power
I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.
Henrik Ibsen future
There are three Empires. First there is the Empire which was founded on the tree of knowledge. Then there is the Empire founded on the tree of the Cross. The third is still a secret Empire which will be founded on the tree of knowledge and the tree of the Cross — brought together.
Henrik Ibsen knowledge
That power which circumstances placed in my hands, and which is an emanation of divinity, I am conscious of having used to the best of my skill. I have never wittingly wronged any one. For this campaign there were good and sufficient reasons; and if some should think that I have not fulfilled all expectations, they ought in justice to reflect that there is a mysterious power without us, which in a great measure governs the issue of human undertakings.
Henrik Ibsen power
Erring soul of man — if thou wast indeed forced to err, it shall surely be accounted to thee for good on that great day when the Mighty One shall descend in the clouds to judge the living dead and the dead who are yet alive!
Henrik Ibsen soul
At leve er — krig med trolde i hjertets og hjernens hv
Henrik Ibsen
Leben, das heisst bekriegen In Herz und Hirn die Gewalten; Und dichten;
Henrik Ibsen die
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. The great secret of action and victory is to be capable of living your life without ideals. Such is the sum of the whole world's wisdom.
Henrik Ibsen life
The great task of our time is to blow up all existing institutions — to destroy.
Henrik Ibsen time
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
Henrik Ibsen men
Tvert imot!
Henrik Ibsen
Truth upon the Serpent's head shall trample. The cause of Love shall win...
Henrik Ibsen win
I thank God that in the bath of Pain He purged my love. What strong compulsion drew Me on I knew not, till I saw in you The treasure I had blindly sought in vain. I praise Him, who our love has lifted thus To noble rank by sorrow, — licensed us To a triumphal progress, bade us sweep Thro' fen and forest to our castle-keep, A noble pair, astride on !
Henrik Ibsen love
I feel myself like God's lost prodigal; I left Him for the world's delusive charms. With mild reproof He wooed me to his arms; And when I come, He lights the vaulted hall, Prepares a banquet for the son restored, And makes His noblest creature my reward. From this time forth I'll never leave that Light, — But stand its armed defender in the fight;Nothing shall part us, and our life shall prove A song of glory to triumphant love!
Henrik Ibsen love
Tho' Doubt's beleaguering forces hem us in, Yet Truth upon the Serpent's head shall trample. The cause of Love shall win —
Henrik Ibsen win
Yes, Love shall win!
Henrik Ibsen win
An unromantic poem I mean to make Of one who only lives for duty's sake.
Henrik Ibsen poem
I go to scale the Future's possibilities! Farewell!God bless thee, bride of my life's dawn, Where'er I be, to nobler deed thou'lt wake me.
Henrik Ibsen life
A thousand words can't make the mark a single deed will leave.
Henrik Ibsen words
He is the God of Love.
Henrik Ibsen love
Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som
Henrik Ibsen end
Tabets alt din vinding skabte — Evigt ejes kun det tabte!
Henrik Ibsen
Brand: Svar mig, Gud, i d
Henrik Ibsen
[First performed in Oslo (then called Christiania) on February 24, 1876, with incidental music by ]
Henrik Ibsen music
Whether I pound or am being pounded, all the same there will be moaning!
Henrik Ibsen will
Peer, du lyver!
Henrik Ibsen
Om jeg hamrer eller hamres, ligefuldt s
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Ja, t
Henrik Ibsen
Really to sin you have to be serious about it.
Henrik Ibsen sin
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom — these are the pillars of society.
Henrik Ibsen truth
I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. You are very fond, sir, of talking about the consideration we owe to the community; it seems to me, however, that the community has its duties too. 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!
Henrik Ibsen science
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.
Henrik Ibsen art
I've the most extraordinary longing to say 'Bloody Hell'!
Henrik Ibsen longing
There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt.
Henrik Ibsen life
What's to become of the morally sound? Left out in the cold, I suppose. We must heal the sick.
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Many a man can save himself if he admits he's done wrong and takes his punishment.
Henrik Ibsen men
Jeg har en s
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You don't get nothing for nothing in this life.
Henrik Ibsen life
There is a big black hat and it makes you invisible. Have you heard of that hat? You put it on and then no one can see you.
Henrik Ibsen you
The black, cold, icy water. Down and down, without end — if it would only end.
Henrik Ibsen water
But our home's been nothing but a playpen. I've been your doll-wife here, just as at home I was Papa's doll-child. And in turn the children have been my dolls. I thought it fun when you played with me, just as they thought it fun when I played with them. That's been our marriage, Torvald.
Henrik Ibsen marriage
If I'm ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.
Henrik Ibsen understanding
I have other duties equally sacred ... Duties to myself.
Henrik Ibsen self
Helmer: First and foremost, you are a wife and mother.Nora: That I don't believe any more. I believe that first and foremost I am an individual, just as you are.
Henrik Ibsen believe
There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us.
Henrik Ibsen world
To crave for happiness in this world is simply to be possessed by a spirit of revolt. What right have we to happiness?
Henrik Ibsen happiness
I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts, Mr. Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us.
Henrik Ibsen belief
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Henrik Ibsen community
The majority never has right on its side.
Henrik Ibsen right
You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
Henrik Ibsen truth
Sagen er den, ser I, at den st
Henrik Ibsen age
Always do that, wild ducks do. They shoot to the bottom as deep as they can get, sir — and bite themselves fast in the tangle and seaweed — and all the devil's own mess that grows down there. And they never come up again.
Henrik Ibsen evil
A marriage based on full confidence, based on complete and unqualified frankness on both sides; they are not keeping anything back; there's no deception underneath it all. If I might so put it, it's an agreement for the mutual forgiveness of sin.
Henrik Ibsen marriage
Forget that foreign word "ideals." We have that good old native word: "lies."
Henrik Ibsen lies
Tar De livsl
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Oh courage...oh yes! If only one had that...Then life might be livable, in spite of everything.
Henrik Ibsen life
Our common lust for life.
Henrik Ibsen life
Back he'll come...With vine leaves in his hair. Flushed and confident.
Henrik Ibsen wit
Everything I touch seems destined to turn into something mean and farcical.
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When we dead awaken. ... We see that we have never lived.
Henrik Ibsen live
The younger generation will come knocking at my door.
Henrik Ibsen you
A forest bird never wants a cage.
Henrik Ibsen age
Castles in the air — they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.
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People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.
Henrik Ibsen time
Variant translation: Neither moral concepts nor art forms can expect to live forever. How much are we obliged to hold on to? Who can guarantee that 2 plus 2 dont add up to 5 on Jupiter?
Henrik Ibsen art
I thank God that in the bath of Pain He purged my love. What strong compulsion drew Me on I knew not, till I saw in you The treasure I had blindly sought in vain. I praise Him, who our love has lifted thus To noble rank by sorrow, — licensed us To a triumphal progress, bade us sweep Thro fen and forest to our castle-keep, A noble pair, astride on Pegasus!Falk, Act III
Henrik Ibsen love
I feel myself like Gods lost prodigal; I left Him for the worlds delusive charms. With mild reproof He wooed me to his arms; And when I come, He lights the vaulted hall, Prepares a banquet for the son restored, And makes His noblest creature my reward. From this time forth Ill never leave that Light, — But stand its armed defender in the fight; Nothing shall part us, and our life shall prove A song of glory to triumphant love!Falk, Act III
Henrik Ibsen love
Tho Doubts beleaguering forces hem us in, Yet Truth upon the Serpents head shall trample. The cause of Love shall win —Falk, Act III
Henrik Ibsen love
I go to scale the Futures possibilities! Farewell! God bless thee, bride of my lifes dawn, Whereer I be, to nobler deed thoult wake me.Falk, in a statement rich with ironies.
Henrik Ibsen life
Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som én gernings spor.A thousand words cant make the mark a single deed will leave. Manden, Act II
Henrik Ibsen words
Om jeg hamrer eller hamres, ligefuldt så skal der jamres!Whether I pound or am being pounded, all the same there will be moaning! Peer Gynt, declaring that no matter what he does, it is not what people want, Act I, Scene I
Henrik Ibsen people
Ja, tænke det; ønske det; ville det med; men gjøre det! Nej, det skjønner jeg ikke!To think it, wish it, even want it — but do it! No, that I cannot understand. Peer Gynt, after he sees a boy cut off his finger to avoid serving in the army, Act III, Scene I
Henrik Ibsen men
Im afraid for all those wholl have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. You are very fond, sir, of talking about the consideration we owe to the community; it seems to me, however, that the community has its duties too. 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!Aune, Act II
Henrik Ibsen science
Look into any mans heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed.Bernick, Act III
Henrik Ibsen art
There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt.Torvald Helmer, Act I
Henrik Ibsen life
Rank.Certainly. However wretched I may feel, I want to prolong the agony as long as possible.Act I
Henrik Ibsen want
I dont know whether you find also in your part of the world that there are certain people who go zealously snuffing about to smell out moral corruption, and, as soon as they have found some, put the person concerned into some lucrative position where they can keep their eye on him. Healthy natures are left out in the cold.Dr. Rank, Act I
Henrik Ibsen art
Whats to become of the morally sound? Left out in the cold, I suppose. We must heal the sick.Dr. Rank, Act I
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Many a man can save himself if he admits hes done wrong and takes his punishment.Torvald Helmer, Act I
Henrik Ibsen men
Jeg har en sånn umåtelig lyst til å si: død og pine.Ive the most extraordinary longing to say Bloody Hell! Nora Helmer, Act I
Henrik Ibsen hell
There is a big black hat and it makes you invisible. Have you heard of that hat? You put it on and then no one can see you.Dr. Rank, Act III, speaking of death
Henrik Ibsen death
The black, cold, icy water. Down and down, without end — if it would only end.Nora Helmer, Act III
Henrik Ibsen water
But our homes been nothing but a playpen. Ive been your doll-wife here, just as at home I was Papas doll-child. And in turn the children have been my dolls. I thought it fun when you played with me, just as they thought it fun when I played with them. Thats been our marriage, Torvald.Nora Helmer, Act III Variant translation: Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papas doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald.
Henrik Ibsen marriage
Variant translation: Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papas doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald.
Henrik Ibsen marriage
If Im ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone. Thats why I cant stay here with you any longer.Nora Helmer, Act III
Henrik Ibsen understanding
I have other duties equally sacredDuties to myself.Nora Helmer, Act III Variant translation: I have another duty equally sacredMy duty to myself.
Henrik Ibsen self
To crave for happiness in this world is simply to be possessed by a spirit of revolt. What right have we to happiness?Manders, Act I
Henrik Ibsen happiness
I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts, Mr. Manders. It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us.Mrs. Alving, Act II
Henrik Ibsen belief
There is one thing I esteem higher than that; and that is for a man to be self-reliant and sure of himself.Hovstad, Act II
Henrik Ibsen self
I have already told you that what I want to speak about is the great discovery I have made lately - the discovery that all the sources of our moral life are poisoned and that the whole fabric of our civic community is founded on the pestiferous soil of falsehood.Dr. Stockmann, Act IV
Henrik Ibsen life
The common people are nothing more than the raw material of which a People is made.Dr. Stockmann, Act IV
Henrik Ibsen people
You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.Dr. Stockmann, Act V Robert Farquharson translation
Henrik Ibsen truth
Sagen er den, ser I, at den stærkeste mand i verden, det er han, som står mest alene.You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. Dr. Stockmann, Act V
Henrik Ibsen world
Always do that, wild ducks do. They shoot to the bottom as deep as they can get, sir — and bite themselves fast in the tangle and seaweed — and all the devils own mess that grows down there. And they never come up again.Ekdal, Act II
Henrik Ibsen evil
A marriage based on full confidence, based on complete and unqualified frankness on both sides; they are not keeping anything back; theres no deception underneath it all. If I might so put it, its an agreement for the mutual forgiveness of sin.Hjalmar, Act IV
Henrik Ibsen marriage

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