I know paradise has many gates, just as hell does. One has to learn to distinguish between them, or one is lost.

— Henning Mankell

The most craziest Henning Mankell quotes that will activate your desire to change

People always leave traces. No person is without a shadow.

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Justice doesn't only mean that the people who commit crime are punished.

It also means that we can never give up seeking the truth.

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Go to Mozambique! As long as you don't expect to find flawless infrastructure, just go. Because this is a country where people have not quite grown accustomed to tourists. You still feel a genuineness that no longer exists in countries where tourism has been industrially developed.

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Society had grown cruel. People who felt they were unwanted or unwelcome in their own country, reacted with aggression. There was no such thing as meaningless violence. Every violent act had a meaning for the person who committed it. Only when you dared accept this truth could you hope to turn society in another direction.

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I remembered her once saying that life was like your shoes.

You couldn't simply expect or imagine that your shoes would fit perfectly. Shoes that pinched your feet were a fact of life.

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I can still remember the miraculous feeling of writing a sentence, then more sentences, telling a story. The first thing I wrote was a one-page summary of Robinson Crusoe and I am so sorry I do not have it any more; it was at that moment I became an author.

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They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.

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Poverty always looks the same, no matter where you come across it.

The rich can always express their opulence by varying their lives. Different houses, clothes, cars. Or thoughts, dreams. But for the poor there is nothing but compulsory grayness, the only form of expression available to poverty.

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It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of any real use.

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Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee.

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At the time of independence in 1975, Mozambique was extremely poor.

Many Portuguese residents abandoned the country, leaving only a handful of well-educated Mozambicans to try to run the country.

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The stories I create are never as awful as reality.

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About Henning Mankell

Quotes 55 sayings
Profession Crime writer
Birthday February 3, 1948

I am fascinated by all the new technology that creates places for us to meet in what is called cyberspace. I understand what it must have meant for the rebellions in the 19th century, especially in 1830 and 1848, when the mass circulated newspaper became so important for the spreading of information.

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We used to send whole flocks of birds shooting out of our mouths and never managed to grab them by their wings.

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For me Oliver Twist is a political novel.

It is a furious critique of the treatment of orphans and poor children who were forced to spend their early lives in ghastly institutions.

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As a writer, I am an intellectual. I believe in the ideals of the Enlightenment, I believe in the written word, in dialogue and in truth. I hate lies more than anything else. Most of the time I react by writing.

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Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee," Wallander said.

"No work would be possible without coffee." They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.

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You think you know everything about a person, but the truth often comes as a surprise.

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Sweden is still a very peaceful country to live in.

I think that people in Britain have created this mythology about Sweden, that it's a perfect democratic society full of erotically charged girls.

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It was a clear, starry night, dead calm. Whenever I see a sky like that, I wish I could write music

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It struck me as I listened to those two men that a truer nomination (name) for our species than Homo sapiens might be Homo narrans, the storytelling person. What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people’s dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats–and they in turn can listen to ours.

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Although I never marched through the streets shouting for Mao, I do believe that the liberation of China at the end of the 1940s was a wonderful thing and to provide its people with a billion pairs of shoes and trousers was a fantastic achievement.

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‎Not having time for a person, not being able to sit in silence together with somebody, that's the same as rejecting them, as being scornful about them.

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I do not understand how on earth you can become a writer without seeing the world.

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We only have the past that we have. Not all of our deeds were incorrect.

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When one historical period is replaced by another, there is always a group of people left over from the old society

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I think my Wallander stories give a fairly good image of the world in the 1990s.

I don't regret anything about that - on the contrary!

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I am a very radical person - as radical now as I was when I was younger.

So my books all have in common my search for understanding of the terrible world we are living in and ways to change it.

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What annoys a person who suicides? The life itself.

Boredom. Tiredness that descends on every morning when you look at yourself at the mirror.

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An oppressed people will always rise.

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I came to Mozambique in 1986, when I first became involved with Teatro Avenida - a theatre company that stages plays concerned with political and social issues.

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Children get acquainted with each other in a special way, they do not make contracts as adults, they believe each other or not. Childish friendships often end in violence. You may become an enemy all of a sudden as well as notice that you are someone's best friend.

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Every secret we confide in another person can be a burden to them

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I can still remember. I was ill, and I was seven, and my father didn't want me to just read children's books. He came with Conan Doyle. I tried, and I liked it. I think the first I read was 'The Sign of the Four'; 'Study in Scarlet' was the next one. Then I guess I stayed home a few extra days from school to read.

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When I was a very young author, I knew I needed to build myself a tower outside of Europe. Like when you're a hunter, and build towers to watch the animals move. I knew I would never understand the world without that perspective. I came to Africa for that rational reason, although I love Mozambique now.

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You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.

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Have I ever written anything that has really changed something? What I believe is that you can't change anything without using art. I believe that the drops wear away the stone. I try to be part of that army.

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To grow up is to wonder about things;

to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.

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Many words will be written on the wind and the sand, or end up in some obscure digital vault. But the storytelling will go on until the last human being stops listening. Then we can send the great chronicle of humanity out into the endless universe.

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I'm not very much of a reader really, because I find much of it very bad, very uninteresting, very speculative.

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Dreams can be of value even if you don’t have an opportunity to turn them into reality.

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The evil always comes from details.

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Novels are . . . an unsurpassed form to understand people.

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Life is a flimsy branch over an abyss.

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Certainly, I know what it's like to be obsessed.

I haven't always been there for my children. They could reach me, but I wasn't always there. But, you know, that's not necessarily anything to do with being a writer. I mean, a taxi driver could have the same problem... Maybe.

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I work in an old tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks.

You hold a mirror to crime to see what's happening in society. I could never write a crime story just for the sake of it, because I always want to talk about certain things in society.

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Each person searches for the most beautiful jump which will be the final before leaving this world.

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My mother did what many men do. She left.

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He was so excessively polite that Wallendar suspected he had endured many humiliations in his life.

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