Henrik Ibsen
Quotations


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? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.

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.

You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.

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

The thing is, you see, that the strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone.

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.

A forest bird never wants a cage.

Take the life--lie away from the average man and straight away you take away his happiness.

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



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