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HENRIK IBSEN
Norwegian poet and dramatist
(1828 - 1906)
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A community is like a ship; every one ought to be prepared to take the helm.
      - [Communities]

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.
      - [Battle]

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
      - [Deeds]

Deprive the average human being of his life-lie, and you rob him of his happiness.
      - [Happiness]

Each bird must sing with his own throat.
      - [Birds]

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
      - [Home]

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.
      - [Secrecy]

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.
      - [Creditors]

Rob the average man of his life-illusion and you rob him also of his happiness.
      - [Robbery]

The devil is compromise.
      - [Compromise]

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string when one slips off, all the rest follow.
      - [Finance]

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
      - [Fighting]

One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to fight for freedom.
      - Enemy of the People [Freedom]

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. Ghosts must be all over the country. as thick as the sands of the sea.
      - Ghosts [Inheritance]


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