Quotes by Henrik Ibsen


A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
– Henrik Ibsen
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
– Henrik Ibsen
A forest bird never wants a cage.
– Henrik Ibsen
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
Do not use that foreign word ideals. We have that excellent native word lies.
– Henrik Ibsen
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!
– Henrik Ibsen
In that second it dawned on me that I had been living here for eight years with a strange man and had borne him three children.
– Henrik Ibsen
In your power, all the same. Subject to your will and your demands. No longer free! No! That's a thought I'll never endure! Never.
– Henrik Ibsen
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
– Henrik Ibsen
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.
– Henrik Ibsen
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.
– Henrik Ibsen
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
– Henrik Ibsen
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
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
Really to sin you have to be serious about it.
– Henrik Ibsen
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
– Henrik Ibsen
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society.
– Henrik Ibsen
The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Yes, the damned, compact, liberal majority.
– Henrik Ibsen
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.
– Henrik Ibsen
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.
– Henrik Ibsen