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Henrik Ibsen Quotes

(1828-1906), Norwegian Dramatist

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? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.

Category: Democracy

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.

Category: Doctrine

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

Category: Dreams

Ah, I fancy it is just the same with most of what you call your ''emancipation.'' You have read yourself into a number of new ideas and opinions. You have got a sort of smattering of recent discoveries in various fields -- discoveries that seem to overthrow certain principles which have hitherto been held impregnable and unassailable. But all this has only been a matter of intellect, Miss West -- superficial acquisition. It has not passed into your blood.

Category: Feminism

A forest bird never wants a cage.

Category: Freedom

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.

Category: Health

You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

Don't use that foreign word ''ideals.'' We have that excellent native word ''lies.''

Category: Ideals And Idealism

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!

Category: Machinery

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact, liberal majority.

Category: Majority

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

Category: Majority

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.

Category: Marriage

A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.

Category: Minorities

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.

Category: Money

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.

Category: Respectability