Halldór Laxness

Iceland
23 Apr 1902 // 8 Feb 1998
Writer [Nobel Prize in Literature 1955]

Quotes



History is always entirely different to what has happened.
What you have stolen can never be yours.
Whoever doesn't live in poetry cannot survive here on earth.
Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays