Quotations From J. AUGUST STRINDBERG


 

  • 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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  • 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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  • That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider for all, and the enemy of all.
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant (1886), trans. by Claud Field (1913).

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  • A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, p. 201 (1886), trans. Claud Field (1913).

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  • Sorrow has the fortunate peculiarity that it preys upon itself. It dies of starvation. Since it is essentially an interruption of habits, it can be replaced by new habits. Constituting, as it does, a void, it is soon filled up by a real "horror vacui."
    J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, vol. 1, p. 99 (1886, trans. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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).
  • 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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