Karen Blixen Quotes
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.
Interview in The New York Times Book Review (November 3, 1957)
The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea.
In "Reader's Digest," 1 Apr 1964.
Human talk is a centrifugal function, ever in flight outwards from what is on the talker's mind.
"The Invincible Slave-owners" (1942)
It never has happened, and it never will happen, and that is why it is told.
"The Immortal Story" (1953)
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?
"The Dreamers" (1934)
Tragedy should remain the right of human beings, subject, in their conditions or in their own nature, to the dire law of necessity. To them it is salvation and beatification.
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.
It is little silly to be a caricature of something of which you know very little, and which means very little to you, but to be your own caricature — that is the true carnival!
Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows that they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest.