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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Henrik Ibsen 1828-1906 John Bartlett

      Only the spirit of rebellion craves for happiness in this life. What right have we human beings to happiness?
      What we have inherited from our fathers and mothers is not all that ‘walks in us.’ There are all sorts of dead ideas and lifeless old beliefs. They have no tangibility, but they haunt us all the same and we can not get rid of them. Whenever I take up a newspaper I seem to see Ghosts gliding between the lines. Ghosts must be all over the country, as thick as the sands of the sea.
      One should never put on one’s best trousers to go out in to fight for freedom.
          The Enemy of the People.