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Liv Ullmann

  • Nothing ever comes to an end. Wherever one has sunk roots that emanate from one's best or truest self, one will always find a home.

  • If only we could accept that there is no difference between us where human values are concerned. Whatever sex. Whatever the life we have chosen to live.

  • The void Papa's death left in me became a kind of cavity, into which later experiences were to be laid.

  • Life experiences become acting experiences, which in turn become life experiences.

  • One of the things I like about my profession, and that I find healthy, is that one constantly has to break oneself to pieces. Wounds do not have a chance to fester.

  • I believe that it is sometimes less difficult to wake up and feel that I am alone when I really am, than to wake up with someone else and be lonely.

  • The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.

  • We who are alive at this moment are only an infinitesimal part of something that has existed for eternity and will continue when there is no longer anything to show that earth existed. Still, we must feel and believe that we are all.

  • If a person is found dead here, a postmorten will always reveal whether he has spent less than three weeks in the city. That is the length of time it takes this pollution to invade the body, after which it is there forever.

  • ... reality can be magnificent even when life is not.

  • The fear inside of loneliness: That only what others have is real.

  • The older one gets in this profession, the more people there are with whom one would never work again.

  • Oh, those wonder-filled evenings when acting enables me for a short moment to have more life.

  • I looked into the mirror and saw this middle-aged woman who keeps invading my face.

  • ... it is only in statistics that people die by the millions. Each person dies individually, in his own predicament.

  • Since suffering confers no rights on its victims, we who witness are the ones responsible for restoring these lost rights.

  • ... choice is the essence of what I believe it is to be human.

  • I believe we come to earth with sealed orders. I believe that only those who lack passion look down on purpose.

  • I do not want to arrive at the end of life and then be asked what I made of it and have to answer: 'I acted.' I want to be able to say: 'I loved and I was mystified. It was a joy sometimes, and I knew grief. And I would like to do it all again.'

  • I think of all the choices I never knew. And those I let be made for me — to please, from fear, for love. Where did they disappear to, those choices that I never made? They are all part of who I am. They are the legacy I leave behind, they are the finished portrait of myself I cannot change.

  • What I have always loved most in men is imperfection. I get moved by the wrinkles on the throat of a man. It makes me love him more. I think it is sad that more women don't take the chance that maybe men will be moved by seeing the chin a little less firm than it used to be, that a man will be more in love with his wife because he remembers who she was and sees who she is and thinks, God, isn't that lovely that this happened to her. And be moved by life telling its story there.

    • Liv Ullmann
  • I am always quoting a sentence of Kierkegaard's even though he may not have written it — 'We come into this world with sealed orders.'

    • Liv Ullmann,
    • in The New Yorker ()

Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actor, director

(1938)

Full name: Liv Johanne Ullmann.