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“I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
Karen Blixen
“Do you know a cure for me?"

"Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything. Salt water."

"Salt water?" I asked him.

"Yes," he said, "in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales
“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the salt sea.”
Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)
“Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?”
Isak Dinesen
“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”
Isak Dinesen
“God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”
Isak Dinesen
“People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of...”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”
Isak Dinesen
“Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.”
Isak Dinesen
“Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest.”
Isak Dinesen
“All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.”
Isak Dinesen
“It's an odd feeling-farewell-there is some envy in it. Men go off to be tested for courage and if we're tested at all, it's for patience, for doing without, for how well we can endure loneliness.”
Isak Dinesen
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me a chance to do my best. ”
Isak Dinesen, Babette's Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny
“There is a particular hapiness in giving a man whom you like very much, good food that you have cooked yourself.”
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
“We must leave our mark on life while we have it in our power.”
Isak Dinesen
“A visitor is a friend, he brings news, good or bad, which is bread to the hungry minds in lonely places. A real friend who comes to the house is a heavenly messenger, who brings the panis angelorum.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“Up in this air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.”
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
“our longing is our pledge, and blessed are the homesick, for they shall come home.”
Isak Dinesen, Babette's Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny
“No domestic animal can be as still as a wild animal. The civilized people have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild before they are accepted by it.”
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
“When in the end, the day came on which I was going away, I learned the strange learning that things can happen which we ourselves cannot possibly imagine, either beforehand, or at the time when they are taking place, or afterwards when we look back on them.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
“Here I am, where I ought to be.”
Isak Dinesen ( Karen Blixen ), Out of Africa
“The real difference between God and human beings, he thought, was that God cannot stand continuance. No sooner has he created a season of a year, or a time of the day, than he wishes for something quite different, and sweeps it all away. No sooner was one a young man, and happy at that, than the nature of things would rush one into marriage, martyrdom or old age. And human beings cleave to the existing state of things. All their lives they are striving to hold the moment fast....Their art itself is nothing but the attempt to catch by all means the one particular moment, one light, the momentary beauty of one woman or one flower, and make it everlasting.”
Karen Blixen, Seven Gothic Tales
“A great artist is never poor.”
Isak Dinesen
“I start with a tingle, a kind of feeling of the story I will write. Then come the characters, and they take over, they make the story.”
Isak Dinesen
“When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find out that it is the same in all her music.”
Karen Blixen, Out of Africa
“The Cicada sing an endless song in the long grass, smells run along the earth and falling stars run over the sky, like tears over a cheek. You are the privileged person to whom everything is taken. The Kings of Tarshish shall bring gifts.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa
“One does not travel by plane. One is merely sent, like a parcel.”
Isak Dinesen

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