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'A Doll's House' Quotes

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A Doll's House is a famous and controversial play by Henrik Ibsen. Here are a few quotes from A Doll's House.
  • "Is that my little lark, twittering out there?...When did my squirrel get home?"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "It's a sweet little bird, but it gets through a terrible amount of money. You wouldn't believe how much it costs a man when he's got a little song-bird like you!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Yes - some day, perhaps, after many years, when I am no longer as pretty as I am now. Don't laugh at me! I mean, of course, when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now; when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting have palled on him then it may be a good thing to have something in reserve."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Still it was really tremendous fun sitting there working and earning money. It was almost like being a man."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "I should just love to say - 'Well, I'm damned!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Hasn't a daughter the right to protect her dying father from worry and anxiety? Hasn't a wife the right to save her husband's life? I don't know much about the law, but I'm quite certain that it must say somewhere that things like that are allowed."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Many a man can save himself if he admits he's done wrong and takes his punishment."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act I

  • "An atmosphere of lies like that infects and poisons the whole life of a home. In a house like that, every breath that the children take is filled with the germs of evil."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "To be able to be free from care, quite free from care; to be able to play and romp with the children; to be able to keep the house beautifully and have everything just as Torvald likes it!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 1

  • "Your squirrel would run about and do all her tricks if you would be nice, and do as she wants ... Your skylark would chirp about in every room, with her song rising and falling."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 2

  • "It is no use lying to one's self."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 2

  • "A wonderful thing is going to happen!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 2

  • "Nora, darling, you're dancing as if your life depended on it!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 2

  • "When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground went from under my feet. Look at me now—I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of wreckage."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it a second time."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "Someone to work for and live for — a home to bring comfort into. That I will do, indeed."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "Why shouldn't I look at my dearest treasure? - at all the beauty that is mine, all my very own."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "One can't have anything in this life without paying for it."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "At the next fancy-dress ball I shall be invisible. There is a big black hat - have you never heard of hats that make you invisible? If you put one on, no one can see you."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3.
  • "Do you know, Nora, I have often wished that you might be threatened by some great danger, so that I might risk my life's blood, and everything, for your sake."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "The black, cold, icy water. Down and down, without end — if it would only end."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "From this moment happiness is not the question; all that concerns us is to save the remains, the fragments, the appearance."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "I have existed merely to perform tricks for you, Torvald. But you would have it so. You and papa have committed a great sin against me. It is your fault that I have made nothing of my life. Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "If I'm ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "I have another duty equally sacred ... My duty to myself."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "That I don't believe any more. I believe that first and foremost I am an individual, just as you are."
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Act 3

  • "You don't talk or think like the man I could bind myself to. When your first panic was over - not about what threatened me, but about what might happen to you - and when there was no more danger, then, as far as you were concerned, it was just as if nothing had happened at all. I was simply your little songbird, your doll, and from now on you would handle it more gently than ever because it was so delicate and fragile. At that moment, Torvald, I realized that for eight years I'd been living her with a strange man and that I'd borne him three children. Oh, I can't bear to think of it - I could tear myself to little pieces!"
    - Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

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