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Henrik Johan Ibsen
(20 Mar 1828 - 23 May 1906)

Norwegian playwright whose well-known works A Doll's House (1879) and Hedda Gabler (1890) depict 19th century women.

Science Quotes by Henrik Johan Ibsen (4 quotes)

I propose to raise a revolution against the lie that the majority has the monopoly of the truth.
— Henrik Johan Ibsen
An Enemy of the People (1882), Act IV. In Ghosts and two Other Plays (1911), 218.
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If you go out to fight for freedom and truth, you should never wear your best trousers.
— Henrik Johan Ibsen
Dialog for Dr. Stockmann in play, An Enemy of the People (1882, 2001), 102.
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I’m afraid for all those who’ll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. … What business has science and capitalism got, bringing ail these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!
— Henrik Johan Ibsen
Dialog for Aune, in the play The Pillars of Society, Act 2. Collected in Henrik Ibsen and James Walter McFarlane (ed.), Ibsen: Pillars of society. A Doll’s House. Ghosts (1960), Vol. 5, 52.
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Scientists should not be allowed to torture animals to death; let doctors experiment on journalists and politicians.
— Henrik Johan Ibsen
In Dounia B. Christiani (trans., ed.), The Wild Duck (1968), 83. Also seen translated as: “It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.”
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