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Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.”

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

— Henrik Ibsen



Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “A forest bird never wants a cage.”

A forest bird never wants a cage.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The strong must learn to be lonely.”

The strong must learn to be lonely.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “What’s a man’s first duty? The answer is brief: To be himself.”

What’s a man’s first duty? The answer is brief: To be himself.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “There is always a risk in being alive, and if you are more alive, there is more risk.”

There is always a risk in being alive, and if you are more alive, there is more risk.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.”

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

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.”

Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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



Henrik Ibsen Quote: “If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.”

If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The greatest victory is defeat.”

The greatest victory is defeat.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “A friend married is a friend lost.”

A friend married is a friend lost.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Our whole being is nothing but a fight against the dark forces within ourselves.”

Our whole being is nothing but a fight against the dark forces within ourselves.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom-they are the pillars of society.”

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

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Now I am steel-set: I follow the call to the clear radiance and glow of the heights.”

Now I am steel-set: I follow the call to the clear radiance and glow of the heights.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.”

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

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Nothing is impossible that one desires with an indomitable will.”

Nothing is impossible that one desires with an indomitable will.

— Henrik Ibsen



Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Castles in the air – they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.”

Castles in the air – they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Helmer: “Before all else you are a wife and a mother.” Nora: “That I no longer believe. I believe that before all else I am a human being.””

Helmer: “Before all else you are a wife and a mother.” Nora: “That I no longer believe. I believe that before all else I am a human being.”

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.”

Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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?”

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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “In great memories there lies the seed of growth.”

In great memories there lies the seed of growth.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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



Henrik Ibsen Quote: “There are two kinds of spiritual law, two kinds of conscience, one in man and another, altogether different, in woman. They do not understand each other; but in practical life the woman is judged by man’s law, as though she were not a woman but a man.”

There are two kinds of spiritual law, two kinds of conscience, one in man and another, altogether different, in woman. They do not understand each other; but in practical life the woman is judged by man’s law, as though she were not a woman but a man.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Many a man can save himself if he admits he’s done wrong and takes his punishment.”

Many a man can save himself if he admits he’s done wrong and takes his punishment.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “I’m inclined to think we are all ghosts-every one of us. It’s not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunts us. Its all kinds of old defunct theories, all sorts of old defunct beliefs, and things like that.”

I’m inclined to think we are all ghosts-every one of us. It’s not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunts us. Its all kinds of old defunct theories, all sorts of old defunct beliefs, and things like that.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “An unromantic poem I mean to make, of one who only lives for duty’s sake.”

An unromantic poem I mean to make, of one who only lives for duty’s sake.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “And what if I did run my ship aground; oh, still it was splendid to sail it!”

And what if I did run my ship aground; oh, still it was splendid to sail it!

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life – he first individualizes.”

The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life – he first individualizes.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Marriage! Nothing else demands so much of a man.”

Marriage! Nothing else demands so much of a man.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “One should never put on one’s best trousers to go out to fight for freedom.”

One should never put on one’s best trousers to go out to fight for freedom.

— Henrik Ibsen



Henrik Ibsen Quote: “To live is to war with trolls.”

To live is to war with trolls.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “The starving poet business is no good nowadays.”

The starving poet business is no good nowadays.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, ‘I have it,’ merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.”

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, ‘I have it,’ merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “Friends are to be feared, not so much for what they make us do as what they keep us from doing.”

Friends are to be feared, not so much for what they make us do as what they keep us from doing.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “So to conduct one’s life as to realize oneself-this seems to me the highest attainment possible to a human being. It is the task of one and all of us, but most of us bungle it.”

So to conduct one’s life as to realize oneself-this seems to me the highest attainment possible to a human being. It is the task of one and all of us, but most of us bungle it.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “This is life! It can harden and it can exalt!”

This is life! It can harden and it can exalt!

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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 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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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.

— Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


Henrik Ibsen Quote: “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


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