Swedish Quotes

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Lemony Snicket
“Beef. Yes. Roast beef. It's the Swedish term for beef that is roasted.”
Lemony Snicket

Tove Jansson
“It’s only the sea,’ said Moomintroll. ‘Every wave that dies on the beach sings a little song to a shell. But you mustn’t go inside because it’s a labyrinth and you may never come out again.”
Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland

Janet Fitch
“I thought of my mother as Queen Christina, cool and sad, eyes trained on some distant horizon. That was where she belonged, in furs and palaces of rare treasures, fireplaces large enough to roast a reindeer, ships of Swedish maple.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

David Levithan
“You were in Sweden?" Boomer asked.

"No," I said. "The trip got called off at the last minute. Because of political the unrest"

"In Sweden?" Priya seemed skeptical.

"Yeah-isn't it strange how the Times isn't covering it? Half the country's on strike because of that thing the crown prince said about Pippi Longstocking Which means no meatballs for Christmas, if you know what I mean."

"That's so sad!" Boomer said.”
David Levithan, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Benjamin Franklin
“A Swedish minister having assembled the chiefs of the Susquehanna Indians, made a sermon to them, acquainting them with the principal historical facts on which our religion is founded — such as the fall of our first parents by eating an apple, the coming of Christ to repair the mischief, his miracles and suffering, etc. When he had finished an Indian orator stood up to thank him.

‘What you have told us,’ says he, ‘is all very good. It is indeed bad to eat apples. It is better to make them all into cider. We are much obliged by your kindness in coming so far to tell us those things which you have heard from your mothers. In return, I will tell you some of those we have heard from ours.

‘In the beginning, our fathers had only the flesh of animals to subsist on, and if their hunting was unsuccessful they were starving. Two of our young hunters, having killed a deer, made a fire in the woods to boil some parts of it. When they were about to satisfy their hunger, they beheld a beautiful young woman descend from the clouds and seat herself on that hill which you see yonder among the Blue Mountains.

‘They said to each other, “It is a spirit that perhaps has smelt our broiling venison and wishes to eat of it; let us offer some to her.” They presented her with the tongue; she was pleased with the taste of it and said: “Your kindness shall be rewarded; come to this place after thirteen moons, and you will find something that will be of great benefit in nourishing you and your children to the latest generations.” They did so, and to their surprise found plants they had never seen before, but which from that ancient time have been constantly cultivated among us to our great advantage. Where her right hand had touched the ground they found maize; where her left had touched it they found kidney-beans; and where her backside had sat on it they found tobacco.’

The good missionary, disgusted with this idle tale, said: ‘What I delivered to you were sacred truths; but what you tell me is mere fable, fiction, and falsehood.’

The Indian, offended, replied: ‘My brother, it seems your friends have not done you justice in your education; they have not well instructed you in the rules of common civility. You saw that we, who understand and practise those rules, believed all your stories; why do you refuse to believe ours?”
Benjamin Franklin, Remarks Concerning the Savages

Ann Patchett
“The Swedish he knew was mostly from Bergman films. He had learned it as a college student, matching the subtitles to the sounds. In Swedish, he could only converse on the darkest of subjects.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Tove Jansson
“There are empty spaces that must be respected – those often long periods when a person can’t see the pictures or find the words and needs to be left alone.”
Tove Jansson, Fair Play

Alexander McCall Smith
“Sometimes it was difficult to be as tolerant as he wanted to be; but then, thought Ulf, the whole point about high ideals is that they are high. Being Swedish was not always easy, but you had to do your best, and hope that you didn't slip, and become... well, Mediterranean in outlook.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The Department of Sensitive Crimes

Åsa Ericsdotter
“Säjer att jag rymt hit för din skull men ljuger förstås det låter vackrare då ville bara att du skulle ta bort nåldynan från badrummet ställa in kanske mjölk i kylen låtsas att vi lever lika mycket båda två

stängde dörren för längesen om mej och du bänder loss brädorna men kommer inte in du förstår älskling jag har kilat fast alla öppningar med frusna tårar avbrutna morrhår död hud och blodiga kräkningar har byggt berg utanför av uppsprättade drömmar och klätt in hela trappuppgången i tomhet och du kommer aldrig igenom

man kommer aldrig igenom

men inimej kom inimej och där nånstans låt mej liksom leva bara”
Åsa Ericsdotter

“We’re alive!” Swedish told her. “I did not see that coming.”
Joel N. Ross, The Lost Compass

“Well, the bad news,” Swedish said from the wheel, “is that Chess still thinks he’s funny.”
“What’s the good news?” Loretta asked, leaning on our little copper-tubed harpoon. “That Kodoc dropped a bomb on the city?”
Joel N. Ross, The Lost Compass

“Now you’re listening to Swedish ?” I asked her. “He thinks I’m the Compass because every time I see ticktocks, I happen to be there!”
Joel N. Ross, The Lost Compass

“Why would they follow me?” I asked Swedish. “It doesn’t make sense.”
“They’re made of trash and Fog,” he said. “You think they make sense?”
Joel N. Ross, The Lost Compass

Bodil Malmsten
“Kindle - who needs it, jag har 3000, 35 000 böcker i huvudet eller i flyttkartongerna på vinden.”
Bodil Malmsten

Henrik Bromander
“Drömmer att hela Göteborg begravs i snö.
Att en ny istid drabbar oss och döljer denna skitstad under ett trettio meter tjockt vitt täcke.
Längst ned på bottnen ligger jag i en hotellsäng.
Sover jag eller är jag död?
Det spelar ingen roll längre.”
Henrik Bromander, Riv alla tempel

Sheila O'Flanagan
“Flickorna återvände hem och berättade för Minette att det nog var allra bäst om hon försökte glömma honom. Och när hennes tårar började flöda denna gång gjorde de ingenting för att hindra henne.”
sheila o'flanagan, Bad Behaviour

“Have been most timid of cowards from day of birth," replied Li Han, without shame, "and this is an inauspicious day."
- "No it ain't," said Olaf, "it ban Thursday.”
The Road to Samarcand

Roxane Gay
“Christian får tillfälle att visa Ana vem som bestämmer, så att säga, i en väldigt dramatisk scen där han hugger tag i hennes handleder och leder in henne i sitt sovrum för att vederbörligen deflorera henne. Perversionerna kan vänta, men det kan inte hennes vagina. När Christian bär iväg med Ana säger han: "Vi ska omedelbart åtgärda situationen", vilket definitivt är vad varje kvinna vill höra när hon har sex för första gången.”
Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

“Jensen var det enda svarta alter ego jag hade. Han föddes svart eftersom pappa hade fördomar mot svarta. Han föddes in i mig så att jag kunde utveckla uppskattning för alla möjliga sorters människor. Han gav mig perspektiv så att jag inte skulle bli fördomsfull som pappa. Jensen läste om sin ras och gav sig själv ett slavnamn från sjuttonhundratalet. Med kunskapen Jensen gav mig, har jag förståelse för rashistoria och kamp.”
Richard Baer, Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

Per Olov Enquist
“Pjäsen handlade, sa Konungen till mig, om att ondskan funnes i så hög grad hos dessa människor vid hovet att de liknade apor eller djävlar; de gladde sig åt andras olyckor och sörjde över deras framgångar, detta vore det som druidernas tid kallades Kannibalism, Anthropophagie. Därför befunno vi oss bland Kannibaler.”
Per Olov Enquist, The Royal Physician's Visit

Caspar Vega
“Although Swedish is one of the few languages on this Earth that I enjoy the sound of. That and Japanese. French is all right, Italian is tolerable depending on who’s speaking it. Everything else makes me cringe. Even English with some accents is bad. Australian? Spare me.”
Caspar Vega, The Sexorcism of Amber Holloway

Elisabeth Rynell
“I allt detta väljande. Livet är inte något man vill eller väljer. Så ser lagen om människovaron ut. I livet blir man inslungad. Och exakt så långt som tiden sedan räcker, ska man vidare. Ingenting annat. Livet ska gå på bara och fortsätta till dess det tar slut. Det ska genomlevas minut för minut och tugga för tugga, över stock och sten och genom eld och vatten ska det ta oss, i ljus eller mörker, rätt ner i dödsskuggans dal och ut på de saligas ängder. Ostoppbart ska det fortgå, i galopp eller raglande, krypande på alla fyra eller i krumsprång spelar ingen roll, linkande, dansande eller i förtvivlans flykt. Livet sker med oss utan att fråga.”
Elisabeth Rynell, Moll

Camilla Grebe
“Three depressed patients in a row. You almost start having suicidal thoughts yourself. What if they're right? What if life really is meaningless? What if they've cracked the code, seen the truth, unlike the rest of us?”
Camilla Grebe, Some Kind of Peace

Stephanie Kate Strohm
“The nest is made of butter-poached mushrooms," Hampus was saying. Henry had been so busy fuming he'd missed Chef Martinet's first bite of Hampus's dish: creamy scrambled eggs spilling out of eggshells inside a nest that was, apparently made of butter-poached foraged mushrooms. It looked so much like a real bird's nest Henry could hardly believe it was mushrooms. "In Sweden, we like our scrambled eggs very, very creamy," Hampus continued. "I have added a simple salad of foraged dandelion greens to offset the richness of the dish."
"This is inspired," Chef Martinet said. "You have made the mushroom the star.”
Stephanie Kate Strohm, Love à la Mode

Siri Pettersen
“Rime trodde inte att hon kände till skillnaden mellan att sova och vara vaken. För henne var det precis samma sak.”
Siri Pettersen, Odinsbarn

Jonas Brun
“För handen glömmer aldrig en hand den höll i sin”
Jonas Brun, Skuggland

Jonas Brun
“Ju mer lik man är sina drömmar, desto sannare är man.”
Jonas Brun, Skuggland

Jonas Brun
“Vissa säger att kärlek är att hitta sin andra hälft. Finna den som ska komplettera en, göra en hel, göra två till ett.
Det tror inte jag.
Jag säger att kärlek är att finna sin like, sin tvilling, sin backup. Finna den som gör en dubbel, som gör en till två och gör det omöjligt att någonsin mera vara ensam.”
Jonas Brun, Skuggland

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