Talk:Karen Blixen

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Before my recent edit there had only been 3 attributed quotes on the page:

  • "What is man but an ingenious machine for turning red wine into urine?"
    • This seems to have been a paraphrase of the more extensive statement from Seven Gothic Tales (1934) : "What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?"
  • "I'll rather live in a lantern" commenting on Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, by Arne Jacobsen
    • It is unclear that this is even a quote by Blixen.
  • "Before then, switcherland will become a lowland"
    • This seems to have no noteworthiness without context, if it actually is a quote of Blixen's. ~ Kalki 01:45, 17 April 2006 (UTC)


All the quotes above are from the book ("Den Døve øgle") (2001), ISBN 87-595-1234-2. by Jurij Moskvitin who was a personal friend of Blixen in the 1950's. -Aza 19:39, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

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  • Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever...
    • Variants: Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
      I think these difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
  • When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.