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Knut Hamsun Quotes and Sayings

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In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent.
We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
- Knut Hamsun

Related topics: Age

For I mean to roam and think and make great irons red-hot.
- Knut Hamsun

There is nothing like being left alone again,
to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods.
To boil one's coffee and fill one's pipe,
and to think idly and slowly as one does it.
- Knut Hamsun

Today riches and honours have been lavished on me,
but one gift has been lacking, the most important one of all,
the only one that matters, the gift of youth.
- Knut Hamsun

 

I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and,
more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation.
- Knut Hamsun

I have gone to the forest.
- Knut Hamsun

Heaven knows that there are plenty of opportunities in later life,
too, for being carried away.
What of it? We remain what we are and,
no doubt, it is all very good for us!
- Knut Hamsun

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However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here
before so distinguished an assembly,
especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science.
- Knut Hamsun

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than
becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.
- Knut Hamsun

In my solitude, many miles from men and houses,
I am in a childishly happy and carefree state of mind,
which you are incapable of understanding unless someone explains it to you.
- Knut Hamsun

When good befalls a man he calls it Providence,
when evil fate.
- Knut Hamsun

Were I more conversant with literature and its great names,
I could go on quoting them ad infinitum and acknowledge
my debt for the merit you have been generous enough to find in my work.
- Knut Hamsun

You are welcome to your intellectual pastimes and books and art and newspapers;
welcome,
too, to your bars and your whisky that only makes me ill.
Here am I in the forest, quite content.
- Knut Hamsun

It is as well perhaps that this is not the first time
I have been swept off my feet.
In the days of my blessed youth there were such occasions;
in what young person's life do they not occur?
- Knut Hamsun

No, what I should really like to do right now,
in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly,
is to shower every one of you with gifts,
with flowers, with offerings of poetry -
to be young once more,
to ride on the crest of the wave.
- Knut Hamsun

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb PHOTO

The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel PHOTO

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

Comparisons are odious.
- old English Proverb

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

Forgiveness is the cleansing fire
that burns away old regrets and resentments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

I always like to know everything about my new friends,
and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde

Getting old is a fascination thing.
The older you get, the older you want to get.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving
for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes new love comes between old friends.
Sometimes the best love was the one that was always there.
- Anonymous

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
- John Leonard

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

The best mirror is an old friend.
- Proverb

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

An old friend will help you move.
A good friend will help you move a dead body.
- Jim Hayes

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

Old is always fifteen years from now.
- Bill Cosby

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All diseases run into one - old age.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

I want a girl just like good old mom,
who is different in every way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Old friends pass away, new friends appear.
It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives.
The important thing is to make it meaningful:
a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I'm saving that rocker for the day
when I feel as old as I really am.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every one desires to live long,
but no one would be old.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
- Brigitte Bardot


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