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Henrik Ibsen
Norwegian dramatist

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It's not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunts us. It's all kinds of old defunct theories, all sorts of old defunct beliefs, and things like that. It's not that they actually live on in us; they are simply lodged there, and we cannot get rid of them. I've only to pick up a newspaper and I seem to see ghosts gldiing between the lines.
-- Ghosts (1881)

The majority never has right on its side... Who makes up the majority in any given country? Is it the wise men or the fools? I think we must agree the fools are in a terrible overwhelming majority, all the wide world over.
-- An Enemy of the People (1882)

You should never put on your best trousers when you go out to battle for freedom and truth.
-- An Enemy of the People (1882)

The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.
-- An Enemy of the People (1882)

Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.
-- The Master Builder (1892)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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