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250 Thoughtful and Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard

250 Thoughtful and Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. Wikipedia
Born: May 5, 1813, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855, Copenhagen, Denmark
Full name: Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

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Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard :

  1. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard

  2. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

  3. Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. – Soren Kierkegaard

  4. People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. – Soren Kierkegaard

  5. Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. – Soren Kierkegaard

  6. The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

  7. A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him. – Soren Kierkegaard

  8. I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this. – Soren Kierkegaard

  9. Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die. – Soren Kierkegaard

  10. Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all. – Soren Kierkegaard

  11. Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. – Soren Kierkegaard

  12. People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. – Soren Kierkegaard

  13. Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences. – Soren Kierkegaard

  14. Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. – Soren Kierkegaard

  15. God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. – Soren Kierkegaard

  16. Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  17. Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. – Soren Kierkegaard

  18. How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. – Soren Kierkegaard

  19. It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. – Soren Kierkegaard

  20. Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood. – Soren Kierkegaard

  21. Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God. – Soren Kierkegaard

  22. What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. – Soren Kierkegaard

  23. It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. – Soren Kierkegaard

  24. Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. – Soren Kierkegaard

  25. It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting. – Soren Kierkegaard

  26. Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. – Soren Kierkegaard

  27. Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment. – Soren Kierkegaard

  28. Purity of heart is to will one thing. – Soren Kierkegaard

  29. The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you. – Soren Kierkegaard

  30. It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. – Soren Kierkegaard

  31. Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. – Soren Kierkegaard

  32. The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. – Soren Kierkegaard

  33. At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. – Soren Kierkegaard

  34. Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  35. I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. – Soren Kierkegaard

  36. During the first period of a man’s life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. – Soren Kierkegaard

  37. To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  38. The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. – Soren Kierkegaard

  39. Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. – Soren Kierkegaard

  40. Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  41. One can advise comfortably from a safe port. – Soren Kierkegaard

  42. Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. – Soren Kierkegaard

  43. Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. – Soren Kierkegaard

  44. There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life’s highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death. – Soren Kierkegaard

  45. There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming. – Soren Kierkegaard

  46. Life must be understood backwards. But it must be lived forward. – Soren Kierkegaard

  47. Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

  48. Prayer doesn’t change God, but changes him who prays – Soren Kierkegaard

More Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard :

  1. The person who praises God is on the tracks of justice. – Soren Kierkegaard

  2. Maturity consists in the discovery that there comes a critical moment where everything is reversed, after which the point becomes to understand more and more that there is something which cannot be understood. – Soren Kierkegaard

  3. Where there are two people, there is untruth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  4. God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal. – Soren Kierkegaard

  5. It is more blessed to give than to receive, but then it is also more blessed to be able to do without than to have to have. – Soren Kierkegaard

  6. With respect to physical existence, one needs little, and to the degree that one needs less, the more perfect one is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  7. Genius never desires what does not exist. – Soren Kierkegaard

  8. That is the road we all have to take – over the Bridge of Sight into eternity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  9. To Dare is to risk losing your foothold for a moment, Not to Dare is to risk losing yourself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  10. To the frivolous Christianity is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes first of all to make them serious. – Soren Kierkegaard

  11. Affliction is able to drown out every earthly voice. . . but the voice of eternity within a person it cannot drown. – Soren Kierkegaard

  12. May new sufferings torment your soul. – Soren Kierkegaard

  13. A human being is a spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is self? The self is a relation that relates itself to itself or is the relation’s relating itself to itself in the relation. – Soren Kierkegaard

  14. Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment. – Soren Kierkegaard

  15. The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing — and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality. – Soren Kierkegaard

  16. How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation — for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature. – Soren Kierkegaard

  17. When you open the door which you shut in order to pray to God, the first person you meet as you go out is your neighbour whom you shall love. Wonderful! – Soren Kierkegaard

  18. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never. – Soren Kierkegaard

  19. For the sadness in legitimate humour consists in the fact that honestly and without deceit it reflects in a purely human way upon what it is to be a child. – Soren Kierkegaard

  20. Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficultiesvanish. – Soren Kierkegaard

  21. The idea of demonstrating that this unknown something [God] exists, could scarcely suggest itself to Reason. For if God does not exist it would of course be impossible to prove it, and if he does exist it would be folly to attempt it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  22. In a mathematical proposition, for example, the objectivity is given, but therefore its truth is also an indifferent truth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  23. My scholarly expectation is then that I may succeed in becoming clever in philosophy in spite of my stupidity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  24. Whoever has the world’s treasures has them no matter how he got them. In the world of the spirit it is otherwise. – Soren Kierkegaard

  25. If you want to be loathsome to God, just run with the herd. – Soren Kierkegaard

  26. Faith is a marvel, and yet no human being is excluded from it; for that in which all human life is united is passion, and faith is a passion. – Soren Kierkegaard

  27. Men are not on such intimate terms with the sublime that they really can believe in it – Soren Kierkegaard

  28. Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time. – Soren Kierkegaard

  29. Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  30. Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception. – Soren Kierkegaard

  31. Take it and return it: the kiss of love. – Soren Kierkegaard

  32. My sorrow is my castle. – Soren Kierkegaard

  33. In my great melancholy, I loved life, for I love my melancholy. – Soren Kierkegaard

  34. To grumble about the world and its unhappiness is always easier than to beat one’s breast and groan over oneself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  35. There are men who are wanting in the comparative, they as a rule are the most interesting. – Soren Kierkegaard

  36. With the daguerreotype, everyone will be able to have their portrait taken . . . and at the same time everything is being done to make us all look exactly the same. – Soren Kierkegaard

  37. Dread is a womanish debility in which freedom swoons. Psychologically speaking, the fall into sin always occurs in impotence. But dread is at the same time the most egotistic thing. – Soren Kierkegaard

  38. Absolute passion cannot be understood by a third party. – Soren Kierkegaard

  39. Faith is holding onto uncertainties with passionate conviction. – Soren Kierkegaard

  40. I believe that there is a longing in my soul that searches the whole world. – Soren Kierkegaard

  41. I stick my finger into existence.. it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? What is this thing called the world? What does this word mean? – Soren Kierkegaard

  42. The highest of all is not to understand the highest but to act upon it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  43. In the life of the individual when love awakens it is older than everything else, because when it exists it seems as if it has existed for a long time; it presupposes itself back into the distant past until all searching ends in the inexplicable origin. – Soren Kierkegaard

  44. The more people who believe something, the more apt it is to be wrong. The person who’s right often has to stand alone. – Soren Kierkegaard

  45. Preparation for becoming attentive to Christianity does not consist in reading many books … but in fuller immersion in existence. – Soren Kierkegaard

  46. Men who not religious or artists are fools. – Soren Kierkegaard

  47. The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  48. Only one human being recognized as one’s neighbour is necessary in order to cure a man of self-love – Soren Kierkegaard

More Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard :

  1. We live as if we were unaware of our impending destruction – Soren Kierkegaard

  2. Love believes all things and yet is never deceived. – Soren Kierkegaard

  3. There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow – Soren Kierkegaard

  4. When all combine in every way to make everything easier, people will want difficulty. I conceived it as my task to make difficulties everywhere. – Soren Kierkegaard

  5. It is not a gain that guilt should be wholly forgotten. On the contrary, it is loss and perdition. But it is a gain to win an inner intensity of heart through a deeper and deeper inner sorrowing over guilt. – Soren Kierkegaard

  6. The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future. – Soren Kierkegaard

  7. The God that can be named is not God. – Soren Kierkegaard

  8. Everyone looks the same to me in a photograph: stupid. – Soren Kierkegaard

  9. This is the miracle of life: that each person who heeds him or herself knows what no scientist can ever know: who he or she is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  10. I do not lack the courage to think a thought whole. – Soren Kierkegaard

  11. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts. – Soren Kierkegaard

  12. … all comparisons injure. – Soren Kierkegaard

  13. Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. – Soren Kierkegaard

  14. This is all that I’ve known for certain, that God is love. Even if I have been mistaken on this or that point: God is nevertheless love. – Soren Kierkegaard

  15. If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. – Soren Kierkegaard

  16. Job endured everything – until his friends came to comfort him, then he grew impatient. – Soren Kierkegaard

  17. Those who dream must be awakened, and the deeper the people are who slumber, or the deeper they slumber, the more important it is that they be awakened, and the more powerfully must they be awakened. – Soren Kierkegaard

  18. It takes moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice. – Soren Kierkegaard

  19. I go fishing for a thousand monsters in the depths of my own self – Soren Kierkegaard

  20. Christians remind me of schoolboys who want to look up the answers to their math problems in the back of the book rather than work them through. – Soren Kierkegaard

  21. To be a teacher does not mean simply to affirm that such a thing is so, or to deliver a lecture, etc. – Soren Kierkegaard

  22. The great trick with a woman is to get rid of her while she think’s she’s rid of you. – Soren Kierkegaard

  23. The truth must essentially be regarded as in conflict with this world; the world has never been so good, and will never become so good that the majority will desire the truth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  24. The thing is to understand myself: the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. That is what I now recognize as the most important thing. – Soren Kierkegaard

  25. I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius. – Soren Kierkegaard

  26. It seems to be my destiny to discourse on truth, insofar as I discover it, in such a way that all possible authority is simultaneously demolished. – Soren Kierkegaard

  27. Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair. – Soren Kierkegaard

  28. To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student. – Soren Kierkegaard

  29. There is something almost cruel about the Christian’s being placed in a world which in every way wants to pressure him to do the opposite of what God bids him to do. – Soren Kierkegaard

  30. Hope is a passion for the possible. – Soren Kierkegaard

  31. There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. – Soren Kierkegaard

  32. A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil. – Soren Kierkegaard

  33. The absurd . . . the fact that with God all things are possible. The absurd is not one of the factors which can be discriminated within the proper compass of the understanding: it is not identical with the improbable, the unexpected, the unforeseen. – Soren Kierkegaard

  34. It is the normal state of the human heart to try to build its identity around something besides God. – Soren Kierkegaard

  35. Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand . . . what he learns and the way he understands it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  36. Be that self which one truly is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  37. It’s better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion – Soren Kierkegaard

  38. Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship. – Soren Kierkegaard

  39. Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  40. The crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die. – Soren Kierkegaard

  41. Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose. – Soren Kierkegaard

  42. Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate. – Soren Kierkegaard

  43. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  44. Teach me, 0 God, not to torture myself, not to make a martyr out of myself through stifling reflection, but rather teach me to breathe deeply in faith. – Soren Kierkegaard

  45. The truth is a trap: you cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you. – Soren Kierkegaard

  46. Without risk, faith is an impossibility. – Soren Kierkegaard

  47. Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

  48. To love another person is to help them love God. – Soren Kierkegaard

More Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard :

  1. I must find a truth that is true for me. – Soren Kierkegaard

  2. Confidence is the present tense of hope. – Soren Kierkegaard

  3. What labels me, negates me. – Soren Kierkegaard

  4. Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. – Soren Kierkegaard

  5. All the shrewdness of ‘man’ seeks one thing: to be able to live without responsibility. – Soren Kierkegaard

  6. The Bible is God’s love letter to us – Soren Kierkegaard

  7. All essential knowledge relates to existence, or only such knowledge as has an essential relationship to existence is essential knowledge. – Soren Kierkegaard

  8. The door to happiness opens outward. – Soren Kierkegaard

  9. I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both. – Soren Kierkegaard

  10. About as genuine as tea made from a bit of paper which once lay in a drawer beside another piece of paper which had been used to wrap up a few tea leaves from which tea had already been made three times. – Soren Kierkegaard

  11. To stand on one leg and prove God’s existence is a very different thing from going down on one’s knees and thanking him. – Soren Kierkegaard

  12. When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me”. – Soren Kierkegaard

  13. Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see – Soren Kierkegaard

  14. to have faith is precisely to lose one’s mind so as to win God. – Soren Kierkegaard

  15. Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  16. Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? – Soren Kierkegaard

  17. For love is exultant when it unites equals, but it is triumphant when it makes that which was unequal equal in love. – Soren Kierkegaard

  18. People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness. – Soren Kierkegaard

  19. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. – Soren Kierkegaard

  20. The truly simple way of presenting Christianity is to do it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  21. The thing that cowardice fears most is decision – Soren Kierkegaard

  22. Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake? – Soren Kierkegaard

  23. My tactics were, by God’s aid, to employ every means to make it clear what the requirement of Christianity truly is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  24. The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  25. Every mental act is composed of doubt and belief, but it is belief that is the positive, it is belief that sustains thought and holds the world together. – Soren Kierkegaard

  26. Faith is the highest passion in a man. – Soren Kierkegaard

  27. The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever. – Soren Kierkegaard

  28. In the eyes of God, the infinite spirit, all the millions that have lived and now live do not make a crowd. He only sees each individual – Soren Kierkegaard

  29. Worldly wisdom thinks that love is a relationship between man and man. Christianity teaches that love is a relationship between man-God-man, that is, that God is the middle term. – Soren Kierkegaard

  30. A good decision is our will to do everything we can within our power. It means to serve God with all we’ve got, be it little or much. Every person can do that. – Soren Kierkegaard

  31. Philosophy is life’s dry-nurse, who can take care of us – but not suckle us. – Soren Kierkegaard

  32. The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self. – Soren Kierkegaard

  33. Hope is passion for what is possible. – Soren Kierkegaard

  34. One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical…for the paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  35. Are you not aware that there comes a midnight hour when everyone must unmask… – Soren Kierkegaard

  36. On the whole, the longing for solitude is a sign that there still is spirit in a person and is a measure of what spirit there is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  37. I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God – Soren Kierkegaard

  38. The question is not “To be or not to be,” it is what we should be until we are not. – Soren Kierkegaard

  39. Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  40. O Luther, you had 95 theses . . . The matter is far more terrible-there is only one thesis. The Christianity of the New Testament does not exist at all. Here there is nothing to reform. – Soren Kierkegaard

  41. No one is so terribly deceived as he who does not himself suspect it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  42. If you think you understand, it isn’t God. – Soren Kierkegaard

  43. Most people believe that the Christian commandments are intentionally a little too severe – Soren Kierkegaard

  44. Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes–and your enemy looks just like your neighbor. – Soren Kierkegaard

  45. The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher. – Soren Kierkegaard

  46. Out of love, God becomes man. He says: “See, here is what it is to be a human being. – Soren Kierkegaard

  47. To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  48. Comparison is the most dangerous acquaintance love can make. – Soren Kierkegaard

More Inspirational Quotes of Soren Kierkegaard :

  1. Any truth is only true up to a certain point. When one oversteps the mark, it becomes a non-truth. – Soren Kierkegaard

  2. God has given each of us our “marching order.” Our purpose here on Earth is to find those orders and carry them out. Those orders acknowledge our special gifts. – Soren Kierkegaard

  3. A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way. – Soren Kierkegaard

  4. The most common form of despair is not being who you are. – Soren Kierkegaard

  5. God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing – Soren Kierkegaard

  6. It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. – Soren Kierkegaard

  7. It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  8. To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it. – Soren Kierkegaard

  9. And this is one of the most crucial definitions for the whole of Christianity; that the opposite of sin is not virtue but faith. – Soren Kierkegaard

  10. It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path. – Soren Kierkegaard

  11. Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes–but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others. – Soren Kierkegaard

  12. I’m so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I’m misunderstood. – Soren Kierkegaard

  13. Once you are born in this world you’re old enough to die. – Soren Kierkegaard

  14. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. – Soren Kierkegaard

  15. The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism – no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality. – Soren Kierkegaard

  16. Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death. – Soren Kierkegaard

  17. A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening. – Soren Kierkegaard

  18. Once you label me you negate me. – Soren Kierkegaard

  19. For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith. – Soren Kierkegaard

  20. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – Soren Kierkegaard

  21. What I really need is to get clear out about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge precedes every act. – Soren Kierkegaard

  22. Humor (is) intrinsitc to Christianity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  23. If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much. – Soren Kierkegaard

  24. What a difference! Under the esthetic sky, everything is buoyant, beautiful, transient! when ethics arrives on the scene, everything becomes harsh, angular and infinitely boring – Soren Kierkegaard

  25. Who is also aware of the tremendous risk involved in faith – when he nevertheless makes the leap of faith – this [is] subjectivity … at its height. – Soren Kierkegaard

  26. The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion. – Soren Kierkegaard

  27. What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion. – Soren Kierkegaard

  28. People generally think that it is the world, the environment, external relationships, which stand in one’s way, in the way of ones’ good fortune… and at bottom it is always man himself that stands in his own way. – Soren Kierkegaard

  29. The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. – Soren Kierkegaard

  30. Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance. – Soren Kierkegaard

  31. If a man wants to set up as an innkeeper and he does not succeed, it is not comic. If, on the contrary, a girl asks to be allowed to set up as a prostitute and she fails, as sometimes happens, it is comic. – Soren Kierkegaard

  32. Backwards understood be only can but, forwards lived be must life. – Soren Kierkegaard

  33. Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life. – Soren Kierkegaard

  34. Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than “The Individual.” – Soren Kierkegaard

  35. No time of life is so beautiful as the early days of love, when with every meeting, every glance, one fetches something new home to rejoice over. – Soren Kierkegaard

  36. To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain ‘importance’ – I can think of nothing more ridiculous. – Soren Kierkegaard

  37. Dread is a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy…. – Soren Kierkegaard

  38. It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

  39. My melancholy is the most faithful sweetheart I have had. – Soren Kierkegaard

  40. Therefore do not deceive yourself! Of all deceivers fear most yourself! – Soren Kierkegaard

  41. Where unclarity resides, there is temptation, and there it proves only too easily the stronger. Wherever there is ambiguity, wherever there is wavering, there is disobedience down at the bottom. – Soren Kierkegaard

  42. A genius may perhaps be a century ahead of his age and hence stands there as a paradox, but in the end, the race will assimilate what was once a paradox, so it is no longer paradoxical. – Soren Kierkegaard

  43. The human race in the course of time has taken the liberty of softening and softening Christianity until at last we have contrived to make it exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament… – Soren Kierkegaard

  44. Sin is in itself separation from the good, but despair over sin is separation a second time. – Soren Kierkegaard

  45. Ulysses was not comely, but he was eloquent, Yet he fired two goddesses of the sea with love – Soren Kierkegaard

  46. …there is one thing that all Satan’s cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise – an undivided will. – Soren Kierkegaard

  47. Irony is a qualification of subjectivity. – Soren Kierkegaard

  48. One could construe the life of man as a great discourse in which the various people represent different parts of speech (the same might apply to states). – Soren Kierkegaard

  49. There can be no faith without risk. – Soren Kierkegaard

  50. What a misfortune to be a woman! And yet, the worst misfortune is not to understand what a misfortune it is. – Soren Kierkegaard

  51. The most common despair is…not choosing, or willing, to be oneself…[but] the deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than oneself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  52. The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. – Soren Kierkegaard

  53. Choose to be who you are. . . The individual who would become a person must at some point take over his entire being – must, that is, choose herself. – Soren Kierkegaard

  54. The more men believe an idea to be true the greater the likelihood that the idea is mistaken. Those who are right usually stand alone. – Soren Kierkegaard

  55. It is better to try something and fail than to try nothing and succeed. The result may be the same, but you won’t be. We always grow more through defeats than victories. – Soren Kierkegaard

  56. The best news the World has ever heard came from a graveyard – Christ is risen! – Soren Kierkegaard

  57. I would rather be a swineherd, understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men. – Soren Kierkegaard

  58. A man who cannot seduce men cannot save them either. – Soren Kierkegaard

  59. In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child’s hobby-horse and trumpet. – Soren Kierkegaard

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