Yes, I have. I want for once in my life to have power to mould a human destiny.
Have you not the power?
I have not—and have never had it. (2.492-4)
[Looks at him with a smile.] So you want to be the one cock in the basket—that is your aim.
[Nods slowly and lowers his voice.] Yes, that is my aim. And for that I will fight—with every weapon I can command. (3.205-6)
None. I will only try to make an end of it all—the sooner the better.
[A step nearer him.] Eilert Løvborg—listen to me.—Will you not try to—to do it beautifully? (3.319-20)