Henrik Ibsen

(Henrik Johan Ibsen)

Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
  • Born: March 20, 1828
  • Died: May 23, 1906
  • Nationality: Norwegian
  • Profession: Poet

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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. As one of the founders of Modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often referred to as "the father of realism" and one of the most influential playwrights of his time. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, When We Dead Awaken, Pillars of Society, The Lady from the Sea, Rosmersholm, The Master Builder, and John Gabriel Borkman. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play.

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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm Leaders & Leadership
A minority may be right. The majority is always wrong. Power
A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view. Discrimination & Prejudice
Enemy of the People Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I hold that man in the right who is most closely in league with the future. Leaders & Leadership
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to fight for freedom. Freedom & Liberty
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. Public Opinion & Polling
The majority never has right on its side. Minorities & Women
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom—they are the pillars of society. Freedom & Liberty
The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. Human Nature
The worst that a man can do to himself is to do injustice to others. Justice & Injustice
There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt. Families, Children & Parenting
What the working-classes really need is to be allowed some part in the direction of public affairs. Poverty
With the best will, no one can be an official and a man. Bureaucracy
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
A forest bird never wants a cage. Nature
A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.
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 too.
Do not use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'
Do you know what we are those of us who count as pillars of society? We are society's tools, neither more nor less. Society
Don't use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'
Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt. Life
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! Society ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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.
Marriage! Nothing else demands so much of a man. Families, Children & Parenting
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Freedom & Liberty
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.
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. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Really to sin you have to be serious about it.
The devil is compromise.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life - he first individualizes. Life ;Religion & God
The pillars of truth and the pillars of freedom - they are the pillars of society. Truth ;Society ;Freedom & Liberty
The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time. Time
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society. Truth ;Society ;Freedom & Liberty
The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Truth ;Society ;Freedom & Liberty
These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow. Business, Commerce & Finance
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! Society ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Life