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“You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“You see, there are some people that one loves, and others that perhaps one would rather be with.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“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.”
Henrik Ibsen, The Doll's House: A Play
“HELMER; But this is disgraceful. Is this the way you neglect your most sacred duties?

NORA: What do you consider is my most sacred duty?

HELMER: Do I have to tell you that? Isn't it your duty to your husband and children?

NORA:I have another duty, just as sacred.

HELMER: You can't have. What duty do you mean?

NORA: My duty to myself.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrafice his honor for the one he loves.
Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I believe that before anything else I'm a human being -- just as much as you are... or at any rate I shall try to become one. I know quite well that most people would agree with you, Torvald, and that you have warrant for it in books; but I can't be satisfied any longer with what most people say, and with what's in books. I must think things out for myself and try to understand them.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“It's not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us. It's all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth. They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we can't get rid of them.”
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts
“Mrs LINDE: When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it second time.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“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.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“Nora: It's true Torvald. When I lived at home with Papa, he used to tell me his opinion about everything, and so I had the same opinion. If I thought differently, I had to hide it from him, or he wouldn't have liked it. He called me his little doll, and he used to play with me just as I played with my dolls. Then I came to live in your house -

Helmer: That's no way to talk about our marriage!

Nora [undisturbed]: I mean when I passed out of Papa's hands into yours. You arranged everything to suit your own tastes, and so I came to have the same tastes as yours.. or I pretended to. I'm not quite sure which.. perhaps it was a bit of both -- sometimes one and sometimes the other. Now that I come to look at it, I've lived here like a pauper -- simply from hand to mouth. I've lived by performing tricks for you, Torvald. That was how you wanted it. You and Papa have committed a grievous sin against me: it's your fault that I've made nothing of my life.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“There those you love and those who you'd rather just be with...”
― Henrik Ibson, A Doll's House
tags: nora
“But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves."

"It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I am afraid, Torvald, I do not exactly know what religion is. ... When I am away from all this, and am alone, I will look into that matter too. I will see if what the clergyman said is true, or at all events if it is true for me.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts…it is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and all kinds of old dead beliefs and things of that kind. They are not actually alive in us; but there they are dormant all the same, and we can never be rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines. There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us.”
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts
“[From below comes the noise of a door slamming.]”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground dissolved from under my feet. Look at me; I'm a half-drowned man now, hanging onto a wreck.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“With me you could have been another person.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“However wretched I may feel, I want to prolong the agony as long as possible. All my patients are like that. And so are those who are morally diseased..”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“HELMER:—To forsake your home, your husband, and your children! You don’t consider what the world will say.
NORA:—I can pay no heed to that. I only know what I must do.
HELMER:—It is exasperating! Can you forsake your holiest duties in this world?
NORA:—What do you call my holiest duties?
HELMER:—Do you ask me that? Your duties to your husband and your children.
NORA:—I have other duties equally sacred.
HELMER:—Impossible! What duties do you mean?
NORA:—My duties towards myself.
HELMER:—Before all else you are a wife and a mother.
NORA:—That I no longer believe. I think that before all else I am a human being, just as much as you are—or at least I will try to become one.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I'll risk everything together with you.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“Ja, De tvang meg inn under det som De kalte plikt og skyldighet; da De lovpriste som rett og riktig hva hele mitt sinn opprørte seg imot noe vederstyggelig. Da var det jeg begynte å se Deres lærdomme efter i sømmene. Jeg ville bare pille ved en eneste knute; men da jeg hadde fått den løst, så raknet det opp alt sammen. Og så skjønte jeg at det var maskinsøm.”
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts
“I thought you understood where I'd lost what you call my heart at the time.”
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts
“Zar nije neobično dražesna? To je bilo mišljenje i čitavog društva. Ali užasno je tvrdoglavo - to slatko malo stvorenje.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“I'm also like a half-drowned woman on a wreck. No one to suffer with; no one to care for.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“How can I hold you close enough?”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“Torvald: I would gladly work night and day for you, Nora--bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves.
Nora: But hundreds of thousands of women have done!”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“[Gospođa Linde:]Čovek mora da živi, gospodine doktore.
[Rank:]Da, uobičajeno je shvatanje da je to tako neophodno.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“There are people one loves and others one likes to talk to”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
“Úgy értem, hogy papa kezéből a tiédbe kerültem. Itt te mindent a magad ízlése szerint rendeztél be, s így nekem ugyanaz lett az ízlésem, ami neked, vagy legalább úgy tettem, nem is tudom igazán… úgy gondolom, mindkettő igaz; hol az egyik, hol a másik. De ahogy most nézem, mintha úgy éltem volna itt, mint egy szegény ember, aki csak a betevő falatját keresi meg. Abból éltem, hogy mókáztam neked, Torvald. De hát te így akartad. Te és a papa nagy bűnt követtetek el ellenem. Ti vagytok a hibásak benne, hogy semmi sem lett belőlem.”
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

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