Don't use that exotic word "ideals". We have a good enough native word: "lies".
You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves. It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.
I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are-or, at all events, that I must try and become one.
You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.
A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.
With me you could have been another person.
The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.
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.
Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.
I must make up my mind which is right " society or I.
Before I write down one word, I have to have the character in my mind through and through. I must penetrate into the last wrinkle of his soul.
A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
The spectacles of experience; through them you will see clearly a second time.
Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.
What is the difference in being alone with another and being alone by one's self?
...every man shares the responsibility and the guilt of the society to which he belongs.
I'm inclined to think we are all ghosts-every one of us. It's not just what we inherit from our mothers and fathers that haunts us. Its all kinds of old defunct theories, all sorts of old defunct beliefs, and things like that.
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.
The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom-they are the pillars of society.
NORA: I must stand on my own two feet if I'm to get to know myself and the world outside. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.
What's a man's first duty? The answer is brief: To be himself.
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.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
Take the life-lie away from the average man and straight away you take away his happiness.
It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
The greatest victory is defeat.
The old terms must be invented with new meaning and given new explanations. Liberty, equality, and fraternity are no longer what they were in the days of the late-lamented guillotine. This is what the politicians will not understand; and that is why I hate them. They want only their own special revolutions- external revolutions, political revolutions, etc. But that is only dabbling. What is really needed is a revolution of the human spirit.
It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life
If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions, I should become the most punctual man in the world.
Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.
To crave for happiness in this world is simply to be possessed by a spirit of revolt. What right have we to happiness?
The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
It's a liberation to know that an act of spontaneous courage is yet possible in this world. An act that has something of unconditional beauty.
If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.
That is the accursed thing about small surroundings - they make the soul small.