Henrik Ibsen

Writer, Playwright

March 20, 1828 - May 23, 1906

March 20, 1828 - May 23, 1906

Writer, Playwright


52 Greatest Quotes By Henrik Ibsen

A forest bird never wants a cage. Henrik Ibsen
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. Henrik Ibsen
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Henrik Ibsen
Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing. Henrik Ibsen
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen
The pillars of truth and the pillars of freedom - they are the pillars of society. Henrik Ibsen
The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time. Henrik Ibsen
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. Henrik Ibsen
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right. Henrik Ibsen
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Henrik Ibsen
Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt. Henrik Ibsen
It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life. Henrik Ibsen
I don't imagine you will dispute the fact that at present the stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over. Henrik Ibsen
I must make up my mind which is right – society or I. Henrik Ibsen
What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self? Henrik Ibsen
Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too. Henrik Ibsen
Everything that I have written is closely related to something that I have lived through. Henrik Ibsen
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. Henrik Ibsen
The strong must learn to be lonely. Henrik Ibsen
Don't use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'. Henrik Ibsen
Really to sin you have to be serious about it. Henrik Ibsen
Marriage! Nothing else demands so much of a man. Henrik Ibsen
These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow. Henrik Ibsen
The worst that a man can do to himself is to do injustice to others. Henrik Ibsen
The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority. Henrik Ibsen
Do you know what we are those of us who count as pillars of society? We are society's tools, neither more nor less. Henrik Ibsen
The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life - he first individualizes. Henrik Ibsen
Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed. Henrik Ibsen
It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will. Henrik Ibsen
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. Henrik Ibsen
Writing has... been to me like a bath from which I have risen feeling cleaner, healthier, and freer. Henrik Ibsen
Money brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends. Henrik Ibsen
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
Happiness is worth a daring deed; we are both free if we but will it, and then the game is won. Henrik Ibsen
Happiness is above all things the calm, glad certainty of innocence. Henrik Ibsen
I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are--or, at all events, that I must try and become one. Henrik Ibsen
There is always a risk in being alive, and if you are more alive, there is more risk. Henrik Ibsen
A party is like a sausage machine, it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney. Henrik Ibsen
What's a man's first duty? The answer is brief: To be himself. Henrik Ibsen
Our whole being is nothing but a fight against the dark forces within ourselves. Henrik Ibsen
It's a liberation to know that an act of spontaneous courage is yet possible in this world. An act that has something of unconditional beauty. Henrik Ibsen
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. Henrik Ibsen
...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. Henrik Ibsen
Nothing is impossible that one desires with an indomitable will. Henrik Ibsen
And what if I did run my ship aground; oh, still it was splendid to sail it! Henrik Ibsen
To see one's goal and to drive toward it, steeling one's heart, is most uplifting. Henrik Ibsen
Norge er ikke noe godt land å ha til fedreland, navnlig ikke om vinteren. Henrik Ibsen
È davvero divertente quello che sta succedendo in questa stagione! Non si vedono che coppie! La gente cammina solo per due... Henrik Ibsen