The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.— Henrik Ibsen
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A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
The sea possesses a power over one's moods that has the effect of a will.
The sea can hypnotize. Nature in general can do so.
It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals;
let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
A forest bird never wants a cage.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
I'm plotting revolution against this lie that the majority has a monopoly of the truth. What are these truths that always bring the majority rallying round? Truths so elderly they are practically senile. And when a truth is as old as that, gentlemen, you can hardly tell it from a lie.
...I'm no longer prepared to accept what people say and what's written in books. I must think things out for myself, and try to find my own answer.
The greatest victory is defeat.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.
A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view.
Money brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends.
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.
Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.
To live is to war with trolls.
The costliness of keeping friends does not lie in what one does for them, but in what one, out of consideration for them, refrains from doing.
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
To crave for happiness in this world is simply to be possessed by a spirit of revolt. What right have we to happiness?
A party is like a sausage machine, it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney.
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.
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.
Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul.
If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.
If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions, I should become the most punctual man in the world.
Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing
Take the life-lie away from the average man and straight away you take away his happiness.
Our whole being is nothing but a fight against the dark forces within ourselves.
The devil is compromise.
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.
Each bird must sing with his own throat.
A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.
Everything I touch seems destined to turn into something mean and farcical.
To live is - to war with trolls In the holds of the heart and mind
In the decisive moment I won the victory over myself.
I chose to live. And believe me, it takes courage to choose life under those circumstances.
It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine.
I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.
Oh, law and order! I often think it is that that is at the bottom of all the misery in the world.
A friend married is a friend lost.
The most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority
Nothing is impossible that one desires with an indomitable will.
It is not for a care-free existence I am fighting, but for the possibility of devoting myself to the task which I believe and know has been laid upon me by God -- the work which seems to me more important and needful in Norway than any other, that of arousing the nation and leading it to think great thoughts.
One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to fight for freedom.
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!
Most critical fault-finding, when reduced to its essentials, simply amounts to reproach of the author because he is himself -- thinks, feels, sees, and creates, as himself, instead of seeing and creating in the way the critic would have done.
If I cannot be myself in what I write, then the whole is nothing but lies and humbug.
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.
Different people have different duties assigned them by Nature;
Nature has given one the power or the desire to do this, the other that. Each bird must sing with his own throat.
It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's 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 can't get rid of them.
There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt.