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A Doll's House Quotes

You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.
You see, there are some people that one loves, and others that perhaps one would rather be with.
I must make up my mind which is right – society or I.
Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves. Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.
I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are--or, at all events, that I must try and become one.
But no man would sacrifice his honor for the one he loves." "It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.
I believe that before anything else I'm a human being -- just as much as you are... or at any rate I shall try to become one. I know quite well that most people would agree with you, Torvald, and that you have warrant for it in books; but I can't be satisfied any longer with what most people say, and with what's in books. I must think things out for myself and try to understand them.
NORA: I must stand on my own two feet if I'm to get to know myself and the world outside. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.
Mrs LINDE: When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it second time.
With me you could have been another person.
When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground dissolved from under my feet. Look at me; I'm a half-drowned man now, hanging onto a wreck.
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'm also like a half-drowned woman on a wreck. No one to suffer with; no one to care for.
I'll risk everything together with you.
There are people one loves and others one likes to talk to.
You arranged everything according to your own taste, and so I got the same tastes as you - or else I pretended to. I am really not quite sure which - I think sometimes the one and sometimes the other.
Anyone who's sold herself for somebody else once isn't going to do it again.
I am afraid, Torvald, I do not exactly know what religion is. ... When I am away from all this, and am alone, I will look into that matter too. I will see if what the clergyman said is true, or at all events if it is true for me.
[From below comes the noise of a door slamming.].