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Isak Dinesen Quotes





A great artist is never poor.
 

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.
 

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.
 

God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
[Able]
 

I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.
 

I don't think that... one gets a flash of happiness once, and never again; it is there within you, and it will come as certainly as death.
[Happiness]
 

I think it will be truly glorious when women become real people and have the whole world open to them.
 

I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
[Adversity]
 

I think these 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 around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
[Worry]
 

In the mind and nature of a man a secret is an ugly thing, like a hidden physical defect.
 

Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.
 

Man reaches the highest point of lovableness at 12 to 17 - to get it back, in a second flowering, at the age of 70 to 90.
[Beginnings]
 

Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows that they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest.
[Self Knowledge]
 

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
 

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.
[Time]
 

Who tells a finer tale than any of us. Silence does.