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- All of this happened while I was walking around starving in Christiania – that strange city no one escapes from until it has left its mark on him.
- Nothing helped; I was fading helplessly away with open eyes, staring straight at the ceiling. Finally I stuck my forefinger in my mouth and took to sucking on it. Something began stirring in my brain, some thought in there scrambling to get out, a stark-staring mad idea: what if I gave a bite? And without a moment's hesitation I squeezed my eyes shut and clenched my teeth together. I jumped up. I was finally awake.
- Hunger (1890), p. 110
- And love became the world's origin and the world's ruler, yet littered its path is with flowers and blood, flowers and blood.
- Victoria (1898)
- In old age... we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
- Wanderers (1909)
- I am not worthy to speak loudly of Adolf Hitler, nor do his life and deeds call for sentimental arousal. He was a warrior, a warrior for mankind, and a preacher of the gospel of justice for all nations. He was a reformer of the highest order, and his historical fate was that he lived in a time of unequalled cruelty, which felled him in the end. Thus the ordinary Western European may look upon Adolf Hitler. And we, his close followers, bow our heads at his death.
- An obituary for Adolf Hitler, Aftenposten (7 May 1945)
Quotes about Knut Hamsun
- Closing the door, I opened a suitcase and took out a copy of Knut Hamsun's Hunger. It was a treasured piece, constantly with me since the day I stole it from the Boulder library. I had read it so many times that I could recite it.
- per Arturo Bandini, a fictional character created by John Fante. From the final page of John Fante's fourth Bandini novel, Dreams from Bunker Hill (1982).