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March 30, 2017

Quotations by Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian playwright, a major force behind the rise of modern realistic drama.

“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, A Doll's House

“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, A Doll's House

 “Yes indeed, there are endless things to be considered. You three must be together if you are to attain the true frame of mind for self-sacrifice and forgiveness.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck

“When I was at home with papa, he told me his opinion about everything, and so I had the same opinions; and if I differed from him I concealed the fact, because he would not have liked it. He called me his doll-child, and he played with me just as I used to play with my dolls.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

“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;”
~ Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

“Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck

“…the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

“The most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority...”
~ Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

“A party is like a sausage machine; it mashes up all sorts of heads together into the same mincemeat—fatheads and blockheads, all in one mash!”
~ Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

“Yes--you see there are some people one loves best, and others whom one would almost always rather have as companions.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

“When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground went from under my feet. Look at me now--I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of wreckage.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

“It is not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that "walks" in us. It is all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we cannot shake them off.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

“The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools?”
~ Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

“You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

“You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.”
~ Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

“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, An Enemy of the People

“That heartfelt love can weather unimpaired
Custom, and Poverty, and Age, and Grief.
Well, say it be so; possibly you’re right;
But see the matter in another light.
What love is, no man ever told us — whence
It issues, that ecstatic confidence
That one life may fulfill itself in two —
To this no mortal ever found the clue.
But marriage is a practical concern,
As also is betrothal, my good sir —
And by experience easily we learn
That we are fitted just for her, or her.
But love, you know, goes blindly to its fate,
Chooses a woman, not a wife, for mate;
And what if now this chosen woman was
No wife for you —?”
~ Henrik Ibsen, Love's Comedy
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