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Juhani Aho, originally Johannes Brofeldt (11 September 1861 – 8 August 1921), was a Finnish author and journalist. He was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature twelve times.
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- WHEN father bought the lamp, or a little before that, he said to mother:
- "Hark ye, mother—ought n't we to buy us a lamp?"
- "A lamp? What sort of a lamp?"
- "What! Don't you know that the storekeeper who lives in the market town has brought from St. Petersburg lamps that actually burn better than ten päreä? They've already got a lamp of the sort at the parsonage."
- "Oh, yes! Is n't it one of those things which shines in the middle of the room so that we can see to read in every corner, just as if it was broad daylight?"
- "That's just it. There's oil that burns in it, and you only have to light it of an evening, and it burns on without going out till the next morning."
- "But how can the wet oil burn?"
- "You might as well ask—how can brandy burn?"
- Juhani Aho. "When Father Brought Home the Lamp," Translated by R. Nisbet Bain. in: Stories by Foreign Authors–Scandinavian, Cassell Publishing Co. 1898.
- No music was made from grief, moulded from sorrow.
- Juhani Aho. Yksin ("Alone," 1890, tr. as Seul 2013); cited in: Guri Barstad, Karen P. Knutsen (2016), States of Decadence: On the Aesthetics of Beauty, Decline and Transgression across Time and Space Volume 1. p. 2