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98 Awesome Quotes By Henrik Ibsen, The Author Of Peer Gynt

Famous As: Norwegian-Danish Playwright and Theatre Director
Born On: March 20, 1828
Died On: May 23, 1906
Born In: Skien, Telemark, Norway
Died At Age: 78

Henrik Johan Ibsen was a 19th century Norwegian playwright, poet and director of plays, who is often regarded as among the greatest playwrights to have ever lived. According to most estimates, Ibsen’s plays are second only to the plays of William Shakespeare in terms of popularity and even to this, plays written by him are staged in different parts of the world. Ibsen’s plays are particularly famous because it introduced the concept of realism in 19th century theatre and is also credited for being among the earliest exponents of Modernism. In fact, he had also been given the epithet ‘the father of realism’. ‘A Doll’s House’ is Ibsen’s most celebrated work and at one point of time; it had been the most performed play on a global scale. Some of his other notable plays which have been staged across the world include Hedda Gabler, When We Dead Awaken, The Master Builder, The Lady From the Sea and An Enemy of the People among others. His plays also traversed certain sides of the moral values of human society that gave rise to controversy in conservative circles but those plays are now considered to be among his great works. Here are some of the selected quotes from the life, times and works of Henrik Ibsen.

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It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life

It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life

Henrik Ibsen
I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.

I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over.

Henrik Ibsen
A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.

A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.

Henrik Ibsen
To live is to war with trolls.

To live is to war with trolls.

Henrik Ibsen
You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

Henrik Ibsen
You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.

You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.

Henrik Ibsen
You see, there are some people that one loves, and others that perhaps one would rather be with.

You see, there are some people that one loves, and others that perhaps one would rather be with.

Henrik Ibsen
I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.

I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.

Henrik Ibsen
I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are--or, at all events, that I must try and become one.

I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are--or, at all events, that I must try and become one.

Henrik Ibsen
What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self?

What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self?

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The strongest men are the most alone.

The strongest men are the most alone.

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

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

Henrik Ibsen
You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.

Henrik Ibsen
But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves.

But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves." "It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.

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Mrs LINDE: When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it second time.

Mrs LINDE: When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it second time.

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NORA: I must stand on my own two feet if I'm to get to know myself and the world outside. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.

NORA: I must stand on my own two feet if I'm to get to know myself and the world outside. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.

Henrik Ibsen
The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority

The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority

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Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing

Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing

Henrik Ibsen
Don't use that exotic word

Don't use that exotic word "ideals". We have a good enough native word: "lies".

Henrik Ibsen
With me you could have been another person.

With me you could have been another person.

Henrik Ibsen
It’s a release to know that in spite of everything a premeditated act of courage is still possible.

It’s a release to know that in spite of everything a premeditated act of courage is still possible.

Henrik Ibsen
To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul.
To write is to sit in judgement on oneself.

To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul. To write is to sit in judgement on oneself.

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Oh, yes--you
 can shout me down, I know! But you cannot answer me. The majority has
 might on its side--unfortunately; but right it has not.

Oh, yes--you can shout me down, I know! But you cannot answer me. The majority has might on its side--unfortunately; but right it has not.

Henrik Ibsen
A party is like a sausage machine, it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney ...

A party is like a sausage machine, it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney ...

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Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.

Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.

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It's a liberation to know that an act of spontaneous courage is yet possible in this world. An act that has something of unconditional beauty.

It's a liberation to know that an act of spontaneous courage is yet possible in this world. An act that has something of unconditional beauty.

Henrik Ibsen
Cage an eagle and it will bite at the wires, be they of
iron or of gold.

Cage an eagle and it will bite at the wires, be they of iron or of gold.

Henrik Ibsen
I am in revolt against the age-old lie that the majority is always right.

I am in revolt against the age-old lie that the majority is always right.

Henrik Ibsen
There is so much falsehood both at home and at school. At home one must not speak, and at school we have to stand and tell lies to the children.

There is so much falsehood both at home and at school. At home one must not speak, and at school we have to stand and tell lies to the children.

Henrik Ibsen
To live is - to war with trolls 
In the holds of the heart and mind

To live is - to war with trolls In the holds of the heart and mind

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

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

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When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground dissolved from under my feet. Look at me; I'm a half-drowned man now, hanging onto a wreck.

When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground dissolved from under my feet. Look at me; I'm a half-drowned man now, hanging onto a wreck.

Henrik Ibsen
One's life is a heavy price to pay for being born.

One's life is a heavy price to pay for being born.

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I'll risk everything together with you.

I'll risk everything together with you.

Henrik Ibsen
I'm also like a half-drowned woman on a wreck. No one to suffer with; no one to care for.

I'm also like a half-drowned woman on a wreck. No one to suffer with; no one to care for.

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Happiness is worth a daring deed; we are both free if we but will it, and then the game is won.

Happiness is worth a daring deed; we are both free if we but will it, and then the game is won.

Henrik Ibsen
Oh yes, right—right. What is the use of having right on your side if you have not got might?

Oh yes, right—right. What is the use of having right on your side if you have not got might?

Henrik Ibsen
[From below comes the noise of a door slamming.]

[From below comes the noise of a door slamming.]

Henrik Ibsen
But a scientific man must live in a little bit of style.

But a scientific man must live in a little bit of style.

Henrik Ibsen
Results for

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

Henrik Ibsen
Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.

Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.

Henrik Ibsen
The idol of Authority must be shattered in this town.

The idol of Authority must be shattered in this town.

Henrik Ibsen
How can I hold you close enough?

How can I hold you close enough?

Henrik Ibsen
She was an extraordinary person too! Would you believe it, she cut her hair short, and used to go about in men’s boots in bad weather

She was an extraordinary person too! Would you believe it, she cut her hair short, and used to go about in men’s boots in bad weather

Henrik Ibsen
To think it, wish it, even want it —
but do it! No, that I cannot understand.

To think it, wish it, even want it — but do it! No, that I cannot understand.

Henrik Ibsen
You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth, Author

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth, Author

Henrik Ibsen
Anyone who's sold herself for somebody else once isn't going to do it again.

Anyone who's sold herself for somebody else once isn't going to do it again.

Henrik Ibsen
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me light glinting on broken glass.

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me light glinting on broken glass.

Henrik Ibsen
A talent for building children's souls, Hilde. So building their souls that they might grow straight and fine, nobly and beautifully formed, to their full human stature. That was where Aline's talent lay.

A talent for building children's souls, Hilde. So building their souls that they might grow straight and fine, nobly and beautifully formed, to their full human stature. That was where Aline's talent lay.

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Nora: Torvald, don't look at me like that!
Torvald: Can't I look at my richest treasure? At all that beauty that's mine, mine alone-completely and utterly.

Nora: Torvald, don't look at me like that! Torvald: Can't I look at my richest treasure? At all that beauty that's mine, mine alone-completely and utterly.

Henrik Ibsen
There are people one loves and others one likes to talk to

There are people one loves and others one likes to talk to

Henrik Ibsen
Everything I touch seems destined to turn into something mean and farcical.

Everything I touch seems destined to turn into something mean and farcical.

Henrik Ibsen
A normally constituted truth lives, let us say, as a rule seventeen or eighteen, or at most twenty years—seldom longer.

A normally constituted truth lives, let us say, as a rule seventeen or eighteen, or at most twenty years—seldom longer.

Henrik Ibsen
You arranged everything according to your own taste, and so I got the same tastes as you - or else I pretended to. I am really not quite sure which - I think sometimes the one and sometimes the other.

You arranged everything according to your own taste, and so I got the same tastes as you - or else I pretended to. I am really not quite sure which - I think sometimes the one and sometimes the other.

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People want only special revolutions, in externals, in politics, and so on. But that's just tinkering. What is really is called for is a revolution of the human mind.

People want only special revolutions, in externals, in politics, and so on. But that's just tinkering. What is really is called for is a revolution of the human mind.

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However wretched I may feel, I want to prolong the agony as long as possible. All my patients are like that. And so are those who are morally diseased..

However wretched I may feel, I want to prolong the agony as long as possible. All my patients are like that. And so are those who are morally diseased..

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Torvald: I would gladly work night and day for you, Nora--bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. 
Nora: But hundreds of thousands of women have done!

Torvald: I would gladly work night and day for you, Nora--bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. Nora: But hundreds of thousands of women have done!

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I thought you understood where I'd lost what you call my heart at the time.

I thought you understood where I'd lost what you call my heart at the time.

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

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

Henrik Ibsen
You see, the fact is that the strongest man upon earth is he who stands most alone.

You see, the fact is that the strongest man upon earth is he who stands most alone.

Henrik Ibsen
Det er just den rette oprørsånd at kræve lykken her i livet. Hvad ret har vi mennesker til lykken?

Det er just den rette oprørsånd at kræve lykken her i livet. Hvad ret har vi mennesker til lykken?

Henrik Ibsen
Hør, skulde det nu ikke være paa Tide at kaste Masken?

Hør, skulde det nu ikke være paa Tide at kaste Masken?

Henrik Ibsen
Werle:

Werle: "I believe there is no one in the world you detest as you do me." Gregers: "I have seen you at too close quarters.

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Because there is surely nothing in the world that can compare with happiness of forgiveness and of lifting up a guilty sinner in the arms of love.

Because there is surely nothing in the world that can compare with happiness of forgiveness and of lifting up a guilty sinner in the arms of love.

Henrik Ibsen
Men are funny characters, they must always have something to bemuse them.

Men are funny characters, they must always have something to bemuse them.

Henrik Ibsen
You have made an empty place within me; and I must try to fill it up with something—with something that is a little like love.

You have made an empty place within me; and I must try to fill it up with something—with something that is a little like love.

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Dr. Stockmann: Yes, I can afford it now. Katherine tells me I earn almost as much as we spend. 
Peter Stockmann: Almost—yes!

Dr. Stockmann: Yes, I can afford it now. Katherine tells me I earn almost as much as we spend. Peter Stockmann: Almost—yes!

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First condition of a happy marriage is the absence of love, and the first condition of an enduring love is the absence of marriage.

First condition of a happy marriage is the absence of love, and the first condition of an enduring love is the absence of marriage.

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Zar nije neobično dražesna? To je bilo mišljenje i čitavog društva. Ali užasno je tvrdoglavo - to slatko malo stvorenje.

Zar nije neobično dražesna? To je bilo mišljenje i čitavog društva. Ali užasno je tvrdoglavo - to slatko malo stvorenje.

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What good would that ever do me if you were gone from this world, as you say? Not the slightest.

What good would that ever do me if you were gone from this world, as you say? Not the slightest.

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

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

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

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

Henrik Ibsen
That is the only relation in life that is not subject to the law of change.

That is the only relation in life that is not subject to the law of change.

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The forests avenge themselves.

The forests avenge themselves.

Henrik Ibsen
No, I don't think one ought to be at everybody's beck and call. Anyway, I'm not going to be.

No, I don't think one ought to be at everybody's beck and call. Anyway, I'm not going to be.

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Nikada ne treba oblačiti svoje najbolje odelo kad čovek ide da se bori za slobodu i istinu.

Nikada ne treba oblačiti svoje najbolje odelo kad čovek ide da se bori za slobodu i istinu.

Henrik Ibsen
To

To "those about to marry," Ibsen therefore says in effect, "Be sure you are not in love!" And to those who are in love he says, "Part!

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But he got right to the top. And I heard harps in the air. My - my master builder!

But he got right to the top. And I heard harps in the air. My - my master builder!

Henrik Ibsen
You possibly believe I keep the glue Of lies for Happiness's in a broken jar?

You possibly believe I keep the glue Of lies for Happiness's in a broken jar?

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Not in that sense. What I need is the companionship of another person who can, as it were, complete me—supply what is wanting in me—be one with me in all my striving. MAIA.

Not in that sense. What I need is the companionship of another person who can, as it were, complete me—supply what is wanting in me—be one with me in all my striving. MAIA.

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The White God is coming northward; him will I not meet; the old gods are strong no longer;—they sleep, they sit half shadow- high;—with them will we strive!

The White God is coming northward; him will I not meet; the old gods are strong no longer;—they sleep, they sit half shadow- high;—with them will we strive!

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The right? Ah, what does it help to be in the right if you don't have any power?

The right? Ah, what does it help to be in the right if you don't have any power?

Henrik Ibsen
And though I have sailed my boat hard aground,
O, it was so grand to be sailing!

And though I have sailed my boat hard aground, O, it was so grand to be sailing!

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SIGURD. Man's will can do this and that; but fate rules in the deeds that shape our lives—so has it gone with us twain.

SIGURD. Man's will can do this and that; but fate rules in the deeds that shape our lives—so has it gone with us twain.

Henrik Ibsen
It is the small losses in life that cut one to the heart.

It is the small losses in life that cut one to the heart.

Henrik Ibsen
At digte, – det er at holde
 dommedag over sig selv.

At digte, – det er at holde
 dommedag over sig selv.

Henrik Ibsen
Velsignet Mand, 
tænk hvilke Lig der vil drive i Land!

Velsignet Mand, tænk hvilke Lig der vil drive i Land!

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Jeg har lest på trykk - og satsen er sann -
«ingen blir profet i sitt eget land».

Jeg har lest på trykk - og satsen er sann - «ingen blir profet i sitt eget land».

Henrik Ibsen