In an article I am writing, I am using a quotation from the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, who wrote in what is effectively Danish:
"Ak ja, retten, retten; hvad hjælper det, at du har retten, når du ikke har nogen magt?" (Enemy of the People, Act II, 1882).
This translates roughly as "Oh yes, right, right. What is the use of having right on your side if you have not got might?"
However a Danish friend of mine says this quotation originates with Søren Kierkegaard. Ibsen certainly popularized some of Kierkegaard's ideas - and was criticized in his time for this, see: https://psyche.co/ideas/why-did-ibsen-put-philosophers-in-skirts-up-on-the-stage.
But this "retten" statement seems more about social commentary & politics rather than personal existentialism which was more Kierkegaard's forte. So I am inclined to believe it originates with Ibsen, but I would like to be sure.
I have failed to find any online association for Kierkegaard with this idea, but does anyone have a source for this statement, or an equivalent sentiment, in Kierkegaard's work, please? Or somewhere else?
(By the way, sadly for our world, the bitter perspective of Enemy of the People has not dated in the slightest...)