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Karen Blixen Quotes

A great artist is never poor.
Karen Blixen
All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.
Karen Blixen
You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
The best of my nature reveals itself in play, and play is sacred.
Karen Blixen
I first began to tell tales to delight the world and make it wiser.
Karen Blixen (Anecdotes of Destiny, 1953)
In a world of fools, I was, I think, to him one of the greater fools.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
For really, dreaming is the well-mannered people's way of committing suicide.
Karen Blixen (Seven Gothic Tales, 1934)
It never has happened, and it never will happen, and that is why it is told.
Karen Blixen (Anecdotes of Destiny, 1953)
God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
Karen Blixen
I think it will be truly glorious when women become real people and have the whole world open before them.
Karen Blixen (Letter to her sister Elle, 1923)
I have a feeling that wherever I may be in the future, I will be wondering whether there is rain at Ngong.
Karen Blixen (Letter to her mother, 1919)

Karen Blixen Quote: I know of a cure for everything: salt water... in one way or the other...
I know of a cure for everything: salt water... in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.
Karen Blixen (Seven Gothic Tales, 1934)
There is a particular happiness in giving a man whom you like very much, good food that you have cooked yourself.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?
Karen Blixen (Seven Gothic Tales, 1934)
I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.
Karen Blixen
When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?
Karen Blixen
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine. A young man in love is essentially enraptured by the forces within himself.
Karen Blixen (Seven Gothic Tales - The Old Chevalier, 1934)
People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
It is more than their land that you take away from the people whose native land you take. It is their past as well, their roots and their identity. If you take away the things that they have been used to see, and will be expecting to see, you may, in a way, as well take out their eyes.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
Why, you are to become a story teller, and I shall give you the reasons! Hear then: Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence.
Karen Blixen (Last Tales, 1957)
The Kikuyu, when left to themselves, do not bury their dead, but leave them above ground for the hyenas and vultures to deal with. The custom had always appealed to me, I thought that it would be pleasant thing to be laid out to the sun and the stars, and to be so promptly, neatly, and openly picked and cleansed; to be made one with Nature and become a common component of a landscape.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
It is a sad hardship and slavery to people who live in towns, that in their movements they know of one dimension only; they walk along the line as if they were led on a string. The transition from the line to the plane into the two dimensions, when you wander across a field or through a wood, is a splendid liberation to the slaves, like the French Revolution. But in the air you are taken into the full freedom of the three dimensions; after long ages of exile and dreams the homesick heart throws itself into the arms of space.
Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, 1937)
The real difference between God and human beings, he thought, was that God cannot stand continuance. No sooner has he created a season of a year, or a time of the day, than he wishes for something quite different, and sweeps it all away. No sooner was one a young man, and happy at that, than the nature of things would rush one into marriage, martyrdom or old age. And human beings cleave to the existing state of things. All their lives they are striving to hold the moment fast....Their art itself is nothing but the attempt to catch by all means the one particular moment, one light, the momentary beauty of one woman or one flower, and make it everlasting.
Karen Blixen (Seven Gothic Tales, 1934)


Karen Blixen Biography

Karen Blixen portrait

Born: 1885
Died: 1962

Karen Blixen, also known for her pen names Tania Blixen and Isak Dinesen, was a influential Danish author. She is best known for her works in both English and Danish, the most notable one being her memoir Out of Africa.

Notable Works

Out of Africa (1937)
Seven Gothic Tales (1934)

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