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Georg Brandes Quotes


Georg Morris Cohen Brandes was a Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian and European literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century.
(1842 - 1927)

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A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
 

Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
 

Any feeling that I was enriching my mind from those surrounding me was unfortunately rare with me.
 

Being gifted needs courage.
 

Birth was something that came quite unexpectedly, and afterwards there was one child more in the house.
 

But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies until I approached my nineteenth year.
 

But my doubt would not be overcome. Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness. For me it was sometimes both.
 

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence, whose votary I was destined to be for life - namely, Beauty.
 

He who does not understand a joke, he does not understand Danish.
 

I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself.
 

I became an ardent, but never a specially good, dancer.
 

I came into the world two months too soon, I was in such a hurry.
 

I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time, scarcely for an hour.
 

I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits, from frankness to reserve, from goodness, uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.
 

I was a town child, it is true, but that did not prevent me enjoying open-air life, with plants and animals.
 

I was always hearing that I was pale and thin and small.
 

I was at home then in the world of figures, but not in that of values.
 

I was not afraid of what I did not like. To overcome dislike of a thing often satisfied one's feeling of honour.
 

I was not given to looking at life in a rosy light.
 

It gradually dawned upon me that there was no one more difficult to please than my mother.
 


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