"There is nothing like being left alone again, to walk peacefully with oneself in the woods. To boil one's coffee and fill one's pipe, and to think idly and slowly as one does it."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Knut Hamsun on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Knut Hamsun on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Knut Hamsun on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Knut Hamsun on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Knut Hamsun on Marilyn Monroe
"In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived."
"You are welcome to your intellectual pastimes and books and art and newspapers welcome, too, to your bars and your whisky that only makes me ill. Here am I in the forest, quite content."
"I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation."
"No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry - to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave."
"However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science."