Isak Dinesen

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on being present and living in the moment

We fish rest quietly, on all sides supported, within an element which all the time accurately and unfailingly evens itself out. An element which may be said to have taken over our personal experience, in as much as, regardless of individual shape and whether we be flat fish or round fish, our weight and body and calculated according to the quantity of our surroundings which we displace...We run no risks. For our changing of place in existence never creates, or leaves after it, what man calls a way, upon which phenomenon - in reality no phenomenon but an illusion - he will waste inexplicable passionate deliberation. Man, in the end, is alarmed by the idea of time, and unbalanced by incessant wanderings between past and future.

Isak Dinesen

Source: Babette's Feast

Contributed by: Adrienne

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on being present and living in the moment

Isak Dinesen

Source: Babette's Feast

Contributed by: Adrienne

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on isak dinesen, karen blixen, africa, kenya, famous first lines, and farm

I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills...

Isak Dinesen

Source: Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on answers and universe

Within our whole universe the story only has the authority to answer that cry of heart of its characters, that one cry of heart of each of them: "Who am I?"

Isak Dinesen

Source: Last Tales

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A Quote by Isak Dinesen on people and wisdom

I beg of you, you good people who want to hear stories told: look at this page and recognize the wisdom of my grandmother and of all old story-telling women!

Isak Dinesen

Source: Last Tales

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on out of africa, song, isak dinesen, and karen blixen

If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?

Isak Dinesen

Source: Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics)

Contributed by: Marcel

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on cure, health, salt, water, tears, sweat, and sea

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.

Isak Dinesen

Contributed by: sara

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on dreams and garden

The lime trees were in bloom. But in the early morning only a faint fragrance drifted through the garden, an airy message, an aromatic echo of the dreams during the short summer night.

Isak Dinesen

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on defeat, endings, and life

You must not think that I feel, in spite of it having ended in such defeat, that my "life has been wasted" here, or that I would exchange it with that of anyone I know.

Isak Dinesen

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Isak Dinesen on belief, evil, and nature

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.

Isak Dinesen

Contributed by: Zaady

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