Henrik Ibsen Quotations

Henrik Ibsen

A community is like a ship, everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.

A forest bird never wants a cage.

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 thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Castles in the air -- they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.

Do not use that foreign word "ideals". We have that excellent native word "lies".

Each bird must sing with his own throat.

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

It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and ... old dead beliefs and things of that kind ... and we can never be rid of them.

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

Oh, life would be all right if we didn't have to put up with these damned creditors who keep pestering us with the demands of their ideals.

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 should never put on one's best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.

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.

The empty fisted are always in a rush to gamble.

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.

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

What we have inherited from our fathers and mothers is not all that 'walks in us.' There are all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs. They have no tangibility, but they haunt us all the same and we can not get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines.