Karen von Blixen-Finecke Quotes

The best of my nature reveals itself in play, and play is sacred.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

Real art must always involve some witchcraft.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

It is little silly to be a caricature of something of which you know very little, and which means very little to you, but to be your own caricature that is the true carnival!

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

I have a feeling that wherever I may be in the future, I will be wondering whether there is rain at Ngong.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

In a foreign country and with foreign species of life one should take measures to find out whether things will be keeping their value when dead. To settlers I give this advice: "For the sake of your eyes and hearts, shoot not the Iguana."

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

The true aristocracy and the true proletariat of the world are both in understanding with tragedy. To them it is the fundamental principle of God, and the key, the minor key, to existence. They differ in this way from the bourgeoisie of all classes, who deny tragedy, who will not tolerate it, and to whom the word tragedy means in itself unpleasantness.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

White people, who for a long time live alone with Natives, get into the habit of saying what they mean, because they have no reason or opportunity for dissimulation, and when they meet again their conversation keeps the Native tone.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

In the Ngong Forest I have also seen, on a narrow path through thick growth, in the middle of a very hot day, the Giant Forest Hog, a rare person to meet.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

Africa, amongst the continents, will teach it to you: that God and the Devil are one, the majesty coeternal, not two uncreated but one uncreated, and the Natives neither confounded the persons nor divided the substance.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

It was Africa distilled up through six thousand feet like the strong and refined essence of a continent... The views were immensely wide everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. The Equator runs across these highlands, a hundred miles to the North, and the farm lay at an altitude of over six thousand feet. In the day-time you felt that you had got high up, near to the sun, but the early mornings and evenings were limpid and restful, and the nights were cold.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine. A young man in love is essentially enraptured by the forces within himself.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

My love was both humble and audacious, like that of a page for his lady...

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

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