Selma Lagerlof


Selma Lagerlöf born Mårbacka, Sweden November 20, 1858 (d. 1950). Swedish author; won Nobel Prize for Literature, 1909; opposed World War I; pacifist novel The Outcast published 1918; signed Anti-Conscription Manifesto, 1930; aided victims of Finnish War and Nazi refugees.


"Learn to keep my fifth commandment, which is the commandment of love of neighbor and the key to all the others! Tell them that my millennium hanging in the east as a dawn! But how can it rise to heaven and tell the world, as long as I allowed Death to take his post in the big beast? For the great beast is war." (The Outcast, conclusion of Fifth Commandment; photo 1909 wiki pd)