J. August Strindberg


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  • ''Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. A Madman's Defense, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1968).
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  • ''I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. A Madman's Defense, pt. 4, ch. 10 (1968).
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  • ''I dream, therefore I exist.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. A Madman's Defense, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1968).
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  • ''I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. A Madman's Defense, pt. 3, ch. 1 (1968).
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  • ''In the old days, one married a wife; now one forms a company with a female partner, or moves in to live with a friend. And then one seduces the partner, or defiles the friend.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. Captain Adolf, in The Father, act 3, sc. 7.
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  • ''What an occupation! To sit and flay your fellow men and then offer their skins for sale and expect them to buy them.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Cloister, vol. 3, p. 118, trans. by Claud Field (1898, repr. 1969).
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  • ''Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Husband, in A Dream Play.
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  • ''Family ... the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, vol. 1, p. 12 (1886), trans. by Claud Field (1913).
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  • ''Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, p. 132 (1886), trans. by Claud Field (1913).
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  • ''Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.''
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, vol. 1 (1886, trans. 1913).
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