August Strindberg

Swedish dramatist and novelist (1849-1912)

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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.
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.
I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.
I dream, therefore I exist.
I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.
I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves.
I love her and she loves me, and we hate each other with a wild hatred born of love.
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.
Oh, I have loved him too much to feel no hate for him.
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.
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 vacuum.
What an occupation! To sit and flay your fellow men and then offer their skins for sale and expect them to buy them.
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.

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