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Always do that, wild ducks do. They shoot to the bottom as deep as they can get, sir — and bite themselves fast in the tangle and seaweed — and all the devil's own mess that grows down there. And they never come up again.
The Wild Duck
Ekdal, Act 2.
A marriage based on full confidence, based on complete and unqualified frankness on both sides; they are not keeping anything back; there's no deception underneath it all. If I might so put it, it's an agreement for the mutual forgiveness of sin.
The Wild Duck
Hjalmar, Act 4.
Don't use that foreign word, ideals. We have that excellent native word, lies.
The Wild Duck
Relling, Act 5.
Take the life lie away from the average man and straight away you take away his happiness.
The Wild Duck
Relling, Act 5.
Oh, life would be quite tolerable, after all, if only we could get rid of the confounded duns that keep on pestering us, in our poverty, with the claim of the ideal.
The Wild Duck
Relling, Act 5.

RELLING: May I inquire - what is your destiny?
GREGERS: To be the thirteenth at table.
The Wild Duck
Act 5.

The Wild Duck is an 1884 play exploring the theme of realism vs idealism written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is a commentary on the split within modern man, between the things ne needs to do to survive, and the more rich life he senses beyond that struggle.


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