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Henrik Ibsen quotes

Do not use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'

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

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

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

A forest bird never wants a cage.

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

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.

The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.

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.

The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society.

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!

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

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

The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life - he first individualizes.

The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time.

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.

The pillars of truth and the pillars of freedom - they are the pillars of society.

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, 'I have it,' merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.

Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it... it's just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.