Top 10 Best August Strindberg Quotes

Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg’s career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. Here are the top 10 best August Strindberg quotes

August Strindberg Quotes

#1 What an occupation! To sit and flay your fellow men and then offer their skins for sale and expect them to buy them.

#2 Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad.

#3 That is the thankless position of the father in the family – the provider for all, and the enemy of all.

#4 People are constantly clamoring for the joy of life. As for me, I find the joy of life in the hard and cruel battle of life – to learn something is a joy to me.

#5 People who keep dogs are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.

#6 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.

#7 I dream, therefore I exist.

#8 I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.

#9 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.

#10 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.

More August Strindberg Quotes

  • I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.
  • He saw the cause of his unhappiness in the family–the family as a social institution, which does not permit the child to become an independent individual at the proper time.
  • You are impossible. You are only a realist, and therefore nothing happens to you.
  • 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.

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