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Henrik Ibsen
March 20, 1828 - May 23, 1906
Nationality: Norwegian
Category: Poet

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


Marriage! Nothing else demands so much of a man.


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!


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.


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


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


The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.


The devil is compromise.


Really to sin you have to be serious about it.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


A forest bird never wants a cage.


The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time.


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


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