Quotes by Karen Blixen

"I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea."

"Do you know a cure for me?"

"Why yes," he said, "I know a cure for everything. Salt water."

"Salt water?" I asked him.

"Yes," he said, "in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea."

"You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions."

"The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the salt sea."

"Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road."

Books by Karen Blixen

  • Holly
  • 218,841 ratings
  • February 20th 2017 by Gyldendal

    (first published October 12th 1958)

  • Out of Africa
  • 37,911 ratings
  • 1992 by The Modern Library

    (first published 1937)

  • Babette’s Feast
  • 4,019 ratings
  • February 2011 by Penguin Modern Classics

    (first published 1958)

  • Winter's Tales
  • 2,011 ratings
  • June 1st 1993 by Vintage

    (first published 1942)

Karen Blixen
  • Karen Blixen

  • Date of birth: April 17, 1885
  • Died: September 07, 1962
  • Born: in Rungsted, Zealand, Denmark.

  • Description: Karen Christentze Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke - wrote as Isak Dinesen, Pierre Andrézel, other pseudonyms: Tania Blixen, Osceola, etc.
    A Danish writer, who mixed in her work supernatural elements, aestheticism, and erotic undertones with an aristocratic view of life, Blixen always emphasized that she was a storyteller in the traditional, oral sense of the word. She drew her inspiration from the Bible, the Arabian Nights, the works of Homer, the Icelandic Sagas, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, who was her great fellow countryman. She wrote in English and in Danish.

    Baroness Karen Blixen was born in Rungsted, Denmark, into a well-to-do patrician family. She was the daughter of Ingeborg Westenholz Dinesen, and the writer and army officer Wilhelm Dinesen, whose adventuresome spirit and storytelling talents influenced deeply Blixen's imagination. She spent her childhood on the family estate in Rungsted. Throughout her life Blixen's outlook and manner were unabashedly aristocratic.