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Sren Aabye Kierkegaard (, also , ; 5 May 1813 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, and thought that Swedenborg, Hegel, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all "understood" far too quickly by "scholars". Kierkegaard's theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, and the individual's subjective relationship to the God-Man Jesus the Christ, which came through faith. Much of his work deals with Christian love. He was extremely critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion, primarily that of the Church of Denmark. His psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. Kierkegaard's early work was written under the various pseudonyms to present distinctive viewpoints that interact in complex dialogue. He explored particularly complex problems from different viewpoints, each under a different pseudonym. He wrote many Upbuilding Discourses under his own name and dedicated them to the "single individual" who might want to discover the meaning of his works. Notably, he wrote: "Science and scholarship want to teach that becoming objective is the way. Christianity teaches that the way is to become subjective, to become a subject." While scientists can learn about the world by observation, Kierkegaard emphatically denied that observation alone could reveal the inner workings of the world of the spirit. Some of Kierkegaard's key ideas include the concept of "subjective and objective truths", the knight of faith, the recollection and repetition dichotomy, angst, the infinite qualitative distinction, faith as a passion, and the three stages on life's way. Kierkegaard wrote in Danish and the reception of his work was initially limited to Scandinavia, but by the turn of the 20th century his writings were translated into French, German, and other major European languages. By the mid-20th century, his thought exerted a substantial influence on philosophy, theology, and Western culture.
Influences:Immanuel Kant, Hegel, Martin Luther, Emanuel Swedenborg, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Schopenhauer, Goethe

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1:The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
2:It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, [T5],
3:to have faith is precisely to lose one's mind so as to win God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
4:Come, sleep and death; you promise nothing, you hold everything. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
5:Music finds its way where the rays of the sun cannot penetrate.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
6:Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
7:Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
8:To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
9:Every man has in himself the most dangerous traitor of all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love, [T5],
10:The only intelligent tactical response to life's horror is to laugh defiantly at it
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
11:It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
12:What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears?
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
13:The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
14:There's nothing more fragrant, more sparkling, more intoxicating than the infinity of possibilities
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
15:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
16:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
17: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,
18:The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard,
19:If you name me, you negate me. By giving me a name, a label, you negate all the other things I could possibly be. ~ 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:If men had forgotten what it means to exist religiously, they had doubtless also forgotten what it means to exist as human beings. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
22:Even though it be true that the conception of God is absolute help, it is also the only help which is absolutely capable of revealing to man his own helplessness. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
23: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, The Journals of Kierkegaard,
24:With every increase in the degree of consciousness, and in proportion to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness the more intense the despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death,
25:... the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
26:Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die - but this is sensuality's cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink, instead of eating and drinking in order to live. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
27:The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death,
28:It doesn't occur to me at this moment to say more; another time, perhaps tomorrow, I may have more to say, but always the same thing and about the same, for only gypsies, robber gangs and swindlers follow the adage that where a person has once been he is never to go again. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
29:If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
30:What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; 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,

*** WISDOM TROVE ***

1:All comparisons injure. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
2:My sorrow is my castle. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
3:What labels me, negates me. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
4:Don't forget to love yourself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
5:Be that self which one truly is. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
6:Once you label me you negate me. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
7:Sleeping is the height of genius ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
8:My standpoint is armed neutrality. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
9:Hope is a passion for the possible. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
10:There can be no faith without risk. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
11:Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
12:The Bible is God's love letter to us ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
13:The door to happiness opens outward. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
14:Hope is passion for what is possible. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
15:May new sufferings torment your soul. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
16:Purity of heart is to will one thing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
17:The God that can be named is not God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
18:Faith is the highest passion in a man. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
19:Fate, then, is the nothing of anxiety. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
20:Humor (is) intrinsitc to Christianity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
21:The meaning lies in the appropriation. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
22:To be a saint is to will the one thing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
23:Confidence is the present tense of hope. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
24:I must find a truth that is true for me. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
25:Pleasure disappoints; possibility never. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
26:Take it and return it: the kiss of love. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
27:Without risk, faith is an impossibility. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
28:Genius never desires what does not exist. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
29:Irony is a qualification of subjectivity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
30:It is impossible to exist without passion ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
31:I would have perished had I not perished. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
32:If you think you understand, it isn't God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
33:Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
34:Men who not religious or artists are fools. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
35:Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
36:Do it or don't do it - you will regret both. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
37:Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
38:Now, with God's help, I shall become myself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
39:One can advise comfortably from a safe port. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
40:Future is everything that past has forgotten. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
41:There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
42:Where there are two people, there is untruth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
43:Nothing is as heady as the wine of possibility ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
44:The thing that cowardice fears most is decision ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
45:Leap of faith – yes, but only after reflection ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
46:To love another person is to help them love God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
47:Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
48:Only the noble of heart are called to difficulty. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
49:Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
50:What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
51:Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
52:I do not lack the courage to think a thought whole. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
53:Love believes all things and yet is never deceived. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
54:A man who cannot seduce men cannot save them either. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
55:A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
56:If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
57:Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
58:Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
59:Everyone looks the same to me in a photograph: stupid. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
60:Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
61:The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
62:Absolute passion cannot be understood by a third party. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
63:Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
64:It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
65:The person who praises God is on the tracks of justice. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
66:It is very important in life to know when your cue comes. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
67:.. lurks at the door of faith and threatens to devour it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
68:My melancholy is the most faithful sweetheart I have had. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
69:Once you are born in this world you’re old enough to die. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
70:Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
71:The most common form of despair is not being who you are. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
72:I stick my finger into existence and it smells of nothing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
73:We live as if we were unaware of our impending destruction ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
74:If you want to be loathsome to God, just run with the herd. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
75:At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
76:Comparison is the most dangerous acquaintance love can make. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
77:I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
78:It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
79:Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
80:The truly simple way of presenting Christianity is to do it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
81:To venture causes anxiety. Not to venture is to lose oneself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
82:Dread is a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
83:Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
84:Faith is holding onto uncertainties with passionate conviction. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
85:In my great melancholy, I loved life, for I love my melancholy. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
86:It's better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
87:Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
88:To be lost in spiritlessness is the most terrible thing of all. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
89:to have faith is precisely to lose one's mind so as to win God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
90:God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
91:I go fishing for a thousand monsters in the depths of my own self ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
92:On the secretly blushing cheek is reflected the glow of the heart ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
93:Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
94:Backwards understood be only can but, forwards lived be must life. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
95:The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
96:Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
97:The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
98:The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
99:You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
100:Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
101:Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
102:Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
103:No one is so terribly deceived as he who does not himself suspect it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
104:Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
105:... why bother remembering a past that cannot be made into a present? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
106:Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
107:The highest of all is not to understand the highest but to act upon it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
108:Therefore do not deceive yourself! Of all deceivers fear most yourself! ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
109:Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
110:I have attacked no one as not being a Christian, I have condemned no one. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
111:Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
112:There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
113:The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
114:I believe that there is a longing in my soul that searches the whole world. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
115:It takes moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
116:This age will die not as a result of some evil, but from a lack of passion. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
117:Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
118:Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
119:Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
120:Philosophy is life's dry-nurse, who can take care of us - but not suckle us. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
121:Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
122:Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
123:People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
124:To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
125:A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
126:Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
127:Language has time as its element; all other media have space as their element. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
128:That is the road we all have to take - over the Bridge of Sight into eternity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
129:The wisdom of the years is confusing. Only the wisdom of eternity is edifying. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
130:The best news the World has ever heard came from a graveyard - Christ is risen! ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
131:Are you not aware that there comes a midnight hour when everyone must unmask... ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
132:All moral elevation consists first and foremost of being weaned from the momentary. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
133:The question is not "To be or not to be," it is what we should be until we are not. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
134:The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
135:During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
136:For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
137:Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
138:The great trick with a woman is to get rid of her while she think's she's rid of you. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
139:The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
140:When you were called, did you answer or did you not? Perhaps softly and in a whisper? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
141:Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
142:Men are not on such intimate terms with the sublime that they really can believe in it ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
143:A &
144:Job endured everything - until his friends came to comfort him, then he grew impatient. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
145:The reign of the tyrant ends with his death, and the reign of the martyr starts with it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
146:Geniuses are like thunderstorms: they go against the wind, terrify people, clear the air. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
147:I would rather be a swineherd, understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
148:Most people believe that the Christian commandments are intentionally a little too severe ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
149:I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
150:There are men who are wanting in the comparative, they as a rule are the most interesting. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
151:Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
152:It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
153:Out of love, God becomes man. He says: &
154:Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
155:Sin is in itself separation from the good, but despair over sin is separation a second time. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
156:Ulysses was not comely, but he was eloquent, Yet he fired two goddesses of the sea with love ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
157:What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
158:All the shrewdness of &
159:To Dare is to risk losing your foothold for a moment, Not to Dare is to risk losing yourself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
160:Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual." ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
161:The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
162:I have never fought in such a way as to say: I am the true Christian, others are not Christians. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
163:Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
164:Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
165:To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
166:Any truth is only true up to a certain point. When one oversteps the mark, it becomes a non-truth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
167:The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
168:The question is asked in ignorance, by one who does not even know what can have led him to ask it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
169:Only one human being recognized as one's neighbour is necessary in order to cure a man of self-love ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
170:People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
171:The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
172:It is the normal state of the human heart to try to build its identity around something besides God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
173:Theology sits rouged at the window and courts philosophy's favor, offering to sell her charms to it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
174:If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
175:If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
176:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
177:To be a teacher does not mean simply to affirm that such a thing is so, or to deliver a lecture, etc. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
178:What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
179:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
180:A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
181:Freedom's possibility is not the ability to choose the good or the evil. The possibility is to be able. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
182:Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
183: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, @wisdomtrove
184:It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
185:Spirit is the third, yet in such a way that one can speak of a synthesis only when the spirit is posited. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
186:When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, "It is talking to me, and about me". ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
187:Human relations are like the irregular verbs in a number of languages where nearly all verbs are irregular. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
188:In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child’s hobby-horse and trumpet. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
189:The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
190:Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
191:People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
192:What a misfortune to be a woman! And yet, the worst misfortune is not to understand what a misfortune it is. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
193:Shows itself in the notion that what may be objectively true may in the mouth of certain people become false. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
194:To the frivolous Christianity is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes first of all to make them serious. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
195:My scholarly expectation is then that I may succeed in becoming clever in philosophy in spite of my stupidity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
196:To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
197:This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
198:For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
199:To grumble about the world and its unhappiness is always easier than to beat one's breast and groan over oneself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
200: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, @wisdomtrove
201:Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven&
202:What looks like politics, and imagines itself to be political, will one day unmask itself as a religious movement. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
203:Affliction is able to drown out every earthly voice. . . but the voice of eternity within a person it cannot drown. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
204: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, @wisdomtrove
205:To stand on one leg and prove God's existence is a very different thing from going on one's knees and thanking him. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
206:For love is exultant when it unites equals, but it is triumphant when it makes that which was unequal equal in love. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
207:My tactics were, by God's aid, to employ every means to make it clear what the requirement of Christianity truly is. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
208: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, @wisdomtrove
209:If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
210:With respect to physical existence, one needs little, and to the degree that one needs less, the more perfect one is. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
211:Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
212:Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
213:No one may pride himself at being more than an individual, and no one despondently think that he is not an individual. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
214:It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
215:It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
216: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, @wisdomtrove
217:To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain &
218:Busyness, keeping up with others, hustling hither and yon, makes it almost impossible for an individual to form a heart. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
219:The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. Only assistant professors assume that. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
220:In a mathematical proposition, for example, the objectivity is given, but therefore its truth is also an indifferent truth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
221: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, @wisdomtrove
222:... there is one thing that all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise - an undivided will. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
223:Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, who so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
224: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, @wisdomtrove
225: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, @wisdomtrove
226: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, @wisdomtrove
227: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, @wisdomtrove
228:The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
229: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, @wisdomtrove
230: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, @wisdomtrove
231: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, @wisdomtrove
232:Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to itself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
233: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, @wisdomtrove
234:Intelligence has got the upper hand to such an extent that it transforms the real task into an unreal trick and reality into a play. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
235:Preparation for becoming attentive to Christianity does not consist in reading many books ... but in fuller immersion in existence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
236: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, @wisdomtrove
237: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, @wisdomtrove
238: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, @wisdomtrove
239: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, @wisdomtrove
240: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, @wisdomtrove
241:Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficultiesvanish. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
242: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, @wisdomtrove
243: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, @wisdomtrove
244:Seek first God's Kingdom, that is, become like the lilies and the birds, become perfectly silent - then shall the rest be added unto you. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
245:All essential knowledge relates to existence, or only such knowledge as has an essential relationship to existence is essential knowledge. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
246:If the ethical - that is, social morality- is the highest ... then no categories are needed other than the Greek philosophical categories. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
247: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, @wisdomtrove
248: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, @wisdomtrove
249:It is a frightful satire and an epigram on the modern age that the only use it knows for solitude is to make it a punishment, a jail sentence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
250: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, @wisdomtrove
251: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, @wisdomtrove
252: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, @wisdomtrove
253: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, @wisdomtrove
254: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, @wisdomtrove
255:Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
256:To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self... . And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one's self. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
257: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, @wisdomtrove
258: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, @wisdomtrove
259: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, @wisdomtrove
260:Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
261: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, @wisdomtrove
262:A man's personality is matured only when he appropriates the truth, whether it is spoken by Balaam's ass or a sniggering wag or an apostle or an angel. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
263:Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
264: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, @wisdomtrove
265: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, @wisdomtrove
266: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, @wisdomtrove
267: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, @wisdomtrove
268: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, @wisdomtrove
269: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, @wisdomtrove
270:Irony is the cultivation of the spirit and therefore follows next after immediacy; then comes the ethicist, then the humourist, then the religious person. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
271:The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
272:The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I should reply, &
273: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, @wisdomtrove
274: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, @wisdomtrove
275:In the deepest sense, the being in a state of sin is the sin, the particular sins are not the continuation of sin, they are expressions of its continuation. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
276: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, @wisdomtrove
277:Deep within every man there lies the dread of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the tremendous household of millions and millions. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
278: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, @wisdomtrove
279:Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
280: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, @wisdomtrove
281:Irony limits, finitizes, and circumscribes and thereby yields truth, actuality, content; it disciplines and punishes and thereby yields balance and consistency. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
282:It is modest of the nightingale not to require anyone to listen to it; but it is also proud of the nightingale not to care whether any one listens to it or not. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
283:Boredom rests upon the nothingness that winds its way through existence; its giddiness, like that which comes from gazing down into an infinite abyss, is infinite. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
284:The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
285: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, @wisdomtrove
286: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, @wisdomtrove
287: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, @wisdomtrove
288:But the life of freedom requires a beginning, and here a beginning is a resolution, and the resolution has its work and its pain-thus the beginning has its difficulty. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
289: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, @wisdomtrove
290: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, @wisdomtrove
291:It is intelligent to ask two questions: (1) Is it possible? (2) Can I do it?. But it is unintelligent to ask these questions: (1) Is it real? (2) Has my neighbor done it? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
292: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, @wisdomtrove
293: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, @wisdomtrove
294:Silence is the demon's trap, and the more one is silenced, the more terrible the demon; but silence is also the divinity's mutual understanding with the single individual. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
295:... the person who surrenders absolutely to God, with no reservations, is absolutely safe. From this safe hiding-place he can see the devil , but the devil cannot see him. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
296: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, @wisdomtrove
297:I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it - alas, not even the bliss of heaven. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
298: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, @wisdomtrove
299: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, @wisdomtrove
300: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, @wisdomtrove
301:The truth is lived before it is understood. It must be fought for, tested, and appropriated. Truth is the way... Anyone will easily understand it if he just gives himself to it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
302: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, @wisdomtrove
303: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, @wisdomtrove
304: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, @wisdomtrove
305:... he who always hopes for the best becomes old, deceived by life, and he who is always prepared for the worst becomes old prematurely; but he who has faith, retains eternal youth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
306:But doubt is wily and cunning and never, as it is sometimes said to be, loud or defiant. It is unassuming and sly, not bold or assertive - and the more unassuming, the more dangerous. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
307: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, @wisdomtrove
308: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, @wisdomtrove
309: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, @wisdomtrove
310:. . .the larger the crowd, the more probable that that which it praises is folly, and the more improbable that it is truth; and the most improbable of all that it is any eternal truth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
311:You train yourself in the art of being mysterious to everyone. My dear friend! What if there were no one, who cared about guessing your riddle, what pleasure would you then take in it? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
312: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, @wisdomtrove
313:It occurs to me that artists go forward by going backward, something which I have nothing against intrinsically when it is a reproduced retreat - as is the case with the better artists. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
314:You should therefore say: alone in one's boat, alone with one's care, alone with one's despair, which one is craven enough to want rather to keep than submit to the pain of being healed. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
315: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, @wisdomtrove
316:There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
317:In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. ... My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known - no wonder, then, that I return the love. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
318:The question of immortality is of its nature not a scholarly question. It is a question welling up from the interior which the subject must put to itself as it becomes conscious of itself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
319:It is perhaps the misfortune of my life that I am interested in far too much but not decisively in any one thing; all my interests are not subordinated in one but stand on an equal footing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
320: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, @wisdomtrove
321:Just as in the great moment of resignation one does not mediate but chooses, now the task is to gain proficiency in repeating the impassioned choice and, existing, to express it in existence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
322:In actuality, no one ever sank so deep that he could not sink deeper, and there may be one or many who sank deeper. So it is always possible to be happy and grateful that things are not worse! ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
323:Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
324: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, @wisdomtrove
325:One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical‚Ķfor 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, @wisdomtrove
326:For like a poisonous breath over the fields, like a mass of locusts over Egypt, so the swarm of excuses is a general plaque, a ruinous infection among men, that eats off the sprouts of the Eternal. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
327: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, @wisdomtrove
328: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, @wisdomtrove
329:The melancholy have the best sense of the comic, the opulent often the best sense of the rustic, the dissolute often the best sense of the moral, and the doubter often the best sense of the religious. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
330: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, @wisdomtrove
331: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, @wisdomtrove
332: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, @wisdomtrove
333:The paradox in Christian truth is invariably due to the fact that it is the truth that exists for God. The standard of measure and the end is superhuman; and there is only one relationship possible: faith. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
334: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, @wisdomtrove
335:Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes&
336:Don't you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
337:I have, I believe, the courage to doubt everything; I have, I believe, the courage to fight against everything; but I do not have the courage to acknowledge anything, the courage to possess, to own anything. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
338: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, @wisdomtrove
339:Worship isn't God's show. God is the audience. God's watching. The congregation, they are the actors in this drama. Worship is their show. And the minister is just reminding the people of their forgotten lines. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
340:Your own tactic is to train yourself in the art of becoming enigmatic to everybody. My young friend, suppose there was no one who troubld himself to guess your riddle&
341: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&
342: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, @wisdomtrove
343: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, @wisdomtrove
344:The stone that was rolled before Christ's tomb might appropriately be called the philosopher's stone because its removal gave not only the pharisees but, now for 1800 years, the philosophers so much to think about. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
345:It is tragic-comic to see that all this knowledge and understanding exercises no power at all over men's lives, that their lives do not express in the remotest way what they have understood, but rather the opposite. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
346: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, @wisdomtrove
347: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, @wisdomtrove
348:Most people believe that the Christian commandments, e.g. to love one's neighbor as oneself, are intentionally a little too severe - like setting a clock half an hour ahead to make sure of not being late in the morning. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
349:I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
350:Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended... . Idleness as such is by no means a root of evil; on the contrary, it is truly a divine life, if one is not bored. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
351:Talent warms-up the given (as they say in cookery) and makes it apparent; genius brings something new. But our time lets talent pass for genius. They want to abolish the genius, deify the genius, and let talent forge ahead. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
352: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, @wisdomtrove
353: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, @wisdomtrove
354:I am convinced that God is love, this thought has for me a primitive lyrical validity. When it is present to me, I am unspeakably blissful, when it is absent, I long for it more vehemently than does the lover for his object. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
355:Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And If I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
356:People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
357: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, @wisdomtrove
358:... the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God! ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
359: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, @wisdomtrove
360:The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
361:Oh, can I really believe the poet's tales, that when one first sees the object of one's love, one imagines one has seen her long ago, that all love like all knowledge is remembrance, that love too has its prophecies in the individual. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
362:One should be an enigma not just to others but to oneself too. I study myself. When I'm tired of that I light a cigar to pass the time, and think: God only knows what the good Lord really meant with me, or what He meant to make of me. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
363: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, @wisdomtrove
364:The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
365:A man may perform astonishing feats and comprehend a vast amount of knowledge, and yet have no understanding of himself. But suffering directs a man to look within. If it succeeds, then there, within him, is the beginning of his learning. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
366:What the philosophers have to say about reality is often as disappointing as a sign you see in a shop window, which reads Pressing Done Here. If you brought your clothes in to be pressed, you would be fooled: for the sign is only for sale. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
367:I have only one friend, and that is echo. Why is it my friend? Because I love my sorrow, and echo does not take it away from me. I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. Why is it my confidant? Because it remains silent. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
368:Destroy your primitivity, and you will most probably get along well in the world, maybe achieve great success&
369: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, @wisdomtrove
370:Reflection is not the evil; but a reflective condition and the deadlock which it involves, by transforming the capacity for action into a means of escape from action, is both corrupt and dangerous, and leads in the end to a retrograde movement. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
371:Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
372:That which is truly human no generation learns from the one before it. No generation learns from another how to love. No generation has a shorter task assigned to it except insofar as the previous generation shirked its task and deluded itself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
373:As the arrow, loosed from the bow by the hand of the practiced archer, does not rest till it has reached the mark, so men pass from God to God. He is the mark for which they have been created, and they do not rest till they find their rest in him. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
374: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, @wisdomtrove
375:The commandment is that you shall love, but when you understand life and yourself, then it is as if you should not need to be commanded, because to love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without this life you really do not live. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
376:Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
377:... my soul always reverts to the Old Testament and to Shakespeare. There at least one feels that it's human beings talking. There people hate, people love, people murder their enemy and curse his descendants through all generations, there people sin. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
378:In order to swim one takes off all one's clothes&
379: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, @wisdomtrove
380:Knowledge is an attitude, a passion, actually an illicit attitude. For the compulsion to know is like dipsomania, erotomania, and homicidal mania, in producing a character that is out of balance. It is not at all that the scientist goes after the truth. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
381:Learning to know anxiety is an adventure which every man has to affront if he would not go to perdition either by not having known anxiety or by sinking under it. He therefore who has leaned rightly to be in anxiety has learned the most important thing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
382:Doubt is thought's despair; despair is personality's doubt. . . . Doubt and despair . . . belong to completely different spheres; different sides of the soul are set in motion. . . . Despair is an expression of the total personality, doubt only of thought. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
383:He who does not know how to encircle a girl so that she loses sight of everything he does not want her to see, he who does not know how to poetize himself into a girl so that it is from her that everything proceeds as he wants it-he is and remains a bungler ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
384:If I had a humble spirit in my service who, when I asked for a glass of water, brought me the world's costliest wines blended in a chalice, I should dismiss him, in order to teach him that my pleasure consists, not in what I enjoy, but in having my own way. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
385:It will be easy for us the first time we receive that ball of yarn from Ariadne (love) and then go through all the mazes of the labyrinth (life) and kill the monster. But how many there are who plunge into life (the labyrinth) without taking that precaution? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
386:... the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally - weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
387:It goes against the grain for me to do what so often happens, to speak inhumanly about the great as if a few millennia were an immense distance. I prefer to speak humanly about it, as if it happened yesterday, and let only the greatness itself be the distance. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
388:God is present in the moment of choice, not in order to watch but in order to be chosen. Therefore, each person must choose. Terrible is the battle, in a person's innermost being, between God and the world. The crowning risk involved lies in the possession of choice. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
389:And if something should be found, particularly in the first part of the dissertation, that one is generally not accustomed to come across in scholarly writings, the reader must forgive my jocundity, just as I, in order to lighten the burden, sometimes sing at my work. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
390:As my prayer became more attentive and inward, I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent... This is how it is. To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking. Prayer involves becoming silent, and being silent, and waiting until God is heard. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
391:Death induces the sensual person to say: Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die - but this is sensuality's cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink instead of eating and drinking in order to live. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
392:Human justice is very prolix, and yet at times quite mediocre; divine justice is more concise and needs no information from the prosecution, no legal papers, no interrogation of witnesses, but makes the guilty one his own informer and helps him with eternity's memory. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
393:If I were a physician, and if I were allowed to prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the Word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, how could one hear it with so much noise? Therefore, create silence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
394:It doesn't occur to me at this moment to say more; another time, perhaps tomorrow, I may have more to say, but always the same thing and about the same, for only gypsies, robber gangs and swindlers follow the adage that where a person has once been he is never to go again. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
395:However much one generation learns from another, it can never learn from its predecessor the genuinely human factor. In this respect every generation begins afresh. Thus no generation has learned from another how to love, no generation can begin other than at the beginning. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
396:Pain reconciles one to existence. Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, the shirt sewn in tears, but then it also gives better protection than iron. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
397:People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don't know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
398:... Christ did not appoint professors, but followers. If Christianity ... is not reduplicated in the life of the person expounding it, then he does not expound Christianity, for Christianity is a message about living and can only be expounded by being realized in men's lives. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
399:I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away - yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth's orbit ——————————— and wanted to shoot myself. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
400:Take a book, the poorest one written, but read it with the passion that it is the only book you will read. Ultimately, you will read everything out of it, that is, as much as there was in yourself, and you could never get more out of reading, even if you read the best of books. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
401:The more one suffers, the more, I believe, has one a sense for the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires true authority in the use of the comic, an authority which by one word transforms as by magic the reasonable creature one calls man into a caricature. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
402:You wanted God's ideas about what was best for you to coincide with your ideas, but you also wanted him to be the almighty Creator of heaven and earth so that he could properly fulfill your wish. And yet, if he were to share your ideas, he would cease to be the almighty Father. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
403:A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to the general applause of wits who believe it's a joke. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
404:... knowing God is the condition for the sanctification of a human being by God's assistance and according to His intention. Wherever God is, there He is always creating... He wants to create a new human being. To need God is to become new. And to know God is the crucial thing. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
405: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, @wisdomtrove
406:This fact, that the opposite of sin is by no means virtue, has been overlooked. The latter is partly a pagan view, which is content with a merely human standard, and which for that very reason does not know what sin is, that all sin is before God. No, the opposite of sin is faith. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
407:The only analogy I have before me is Socrates. My task is a Socratic task, to revise the definition of what it is to be a Christian. For my part I do not call myself a "Christian" (thus keeping the ideal free), but I am able to make it evident that the others are still less than I. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
408:Truth has always had many loud proclaimers, but the question is whether a person will in the deepest sense acknowledge the truth, allow it to permeate his whole being, accept all its consequences, and not have an emergency hiding place for himself and a Judas kiss for the consequence. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
409:The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
410:Irony is the birth-pangs of the objective mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between existence and the idea of existence). Humor is the birth -pangs of the absolute mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between the I and the idea of the I . ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
411:In order to help another effectively, I must understand what he understands. If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him... instruction begins when you put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
412:It is a very curious thing about superstition. One would expect that the man who had once seen his morbid dreams were not fulfilled would abandon them for the future; but on the contrary they grow even stronger just as the love of gambling increases in a man who has once lost in a lottery. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
413:... even the richest personality is nothing before he has chosen himself, and on the other hand even what one might call the poorest personality is everything when he has chosen himself; for the great thing is not to be this or that but to be oneself, and this everyone can be if he wills it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
414:Thus our own age is essentially one of understanding, and on the average, perhaps, more knowledgeable than any former generation, but it is without passion. Every one knows a great deal, we all know which way we ought to go and all the different ways we can go, but nobody is willing to move. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
415:If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
416:If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility! ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
417:Out of love for mankind, and out of despair at my embarrassing situation, seeing that I had accomplished nothing and was unable to make anything easier than it had already been made, and moved by a genuine interest in those who make everything easy, I conceived it as my task to create difficulties everywhere. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
418:It was not to save a nation that Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, nor to appease angry gods... Then why does Abraham do it? For God's sake... He does it for the sake of God because God demands proof of his faith... He was not justified by being virtuous, but by being an individual submitted to God in faith. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
419:The resolving of the ethical, is freedom; the negative resolution also has this, but the freedom, blank and bare, is as if tongue-tied, hard to express, and generally has something hard in its nature. Falling in love, however, promptly sets it to music, even if this composition contains a very difficult passage. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
420:If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. Even though the result may gladden the whole world, that cannot help the hero; for he knows the result only when the whole thing is over, and that is not how he became a hero, but by virtue of the fact that he began. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
421:During the first period of our lives the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much. By not risking at first one turns aside and serves trivialities; in the second case, by risking too much, one turns aside to the fantastic and perhaps to presumption. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
422:If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe. If I wish to preserve myself in faith I must constantly be intent upon holding fast the objective uncertainty so as to remain out upon the deep, over seventy thousand fathoms of water, still preserving my faith. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
423:It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
424:In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage. The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
425:Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
426:It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
427:My life is absolutely meaningless. When I consider the different periods into which it falls, it seems like the word Schnur in the dictionary, which means in the first place a string, in the second, a daughter-in-law. The only thing lacking is that the word Schnur should mean in the third place a camel, in the fourth, a dust-brush. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
428:This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness... they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
429:An individual in despair despairs over something. . . . In despairing over something, he really despair[s] over himself, and now he wants to get rid of himself. Consequently, to despair over something is still not despair proper. . . . To despair over oneself, in despair to will to be rid of oneself-this is the formula for all despair. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
430:... the reason for [this age's] anxiety and unrest is because in one direction, &
431:What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; 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, @wisdomtrove
432:A curiously interested observer sees a great deal, a scientifically interested observer is worthy of all honor, and anxiously interested observer sees what others do not see, but a crazy observer sees perhaps the most, his observation is more intense and more persistent, just as the senses of certain animals are sharper than those of man. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
433:I do not care for anything. I do not care to ride, for the exercise is too violent. I do not care to walk, walking is too strenuous. I do not care to lie down, for I should either have to remain lying, and I do not care to do that, or I should have to get up again, and I do not care to do that either. Summa summarum: I do not care at all. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
434:The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
435:No, I won't leave the world&
436:With respect to love we speak continually about perfection and the perfect person. With respect to love Christianity also speaks continually about perfection and the perfect person. Alas, but we men talk about finding the perfect person in order to love him. Christianity speaks about being the perfect person who limitlessly loves the person he sees. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
437:At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness-not crimes and scandals. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
438:There are two kinds of geniuses. The characteristic of the one is roaring, but the lightning is meagre and rarely strikes; the other kind is characterized by reflection by which it constrains itself or restrains the roaring. But the lightning is all the more intense; with the speed and sureness of lightning it hits the selected particular points - and is fatal. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
439:Truth is not something you can appropriate easily and quickly. You certainly cannot sleep or dream yourself to the truth. No, you must be tried, do battle, and suffer if you are to acquire the truth for yourself. It is a sheer illusion to think that in relation to the truth there is an abridgement, a short cut that dispenses with the necessity for struggling for it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
440:Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backward. But then one forgets the other clause - that it must be lived forward. The more one thinks through this clause, the more one concludes that life in temporality never becomes properly understandable, simply because never at any time does one get perfect repose to take the stance - backward. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
441:And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
442:Spiritual superiority only sees the individual. But alas, ordinarily we human beings are sensual and, therefore, as soon as it is a gathering, the impression changes - we see something abstract, the crowd, and we become different. But 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, @wisdomtrove
443:If anyone proposes to believe, i.e., imagines himself to believe, because many good and upright people living here on the hill have believed, i.e., have said that they believedthen he is a fool, and it is essentially indifferent whether he believes on account of his own and perhaps a widely held opinion about what good and upright people believe, or believes a Münchhausen. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
444:It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived—forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward- looking position. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
445:The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of the newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit, since it can always sink lower and lower in its choice of readers. At last it will stir up all those dregs of humanity which no state or government can control. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
446:A poet is an unhappy creature whose heart is tortured by deepest suffering but whose lips are so formed that when his sighs and cries stream out over them, their sound beomes like the sound of beautiful music . . . . And men flock about the poet saying, Sing for us soon again; that is to say, may new sufferings torture your soul, and may your lips continue to be formed as before. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
447:No grand inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as has anxiety and no spy knows how to attack more artfully the man he suspects, choosing the instant when he is weakest; nor knows how to lay traps where he will be caught and ensnared as anxiety knows how, and no sharp-witted judge knows how to interrogate, to examine the accused, as anxiety does, which never lets him escape. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
448:To the Christian, love is the works of love. To say that love is a feeling or anything of the kind is an unchristian conception of love. That is the aesthetic definition and therefore fits the erotic and everything of that nature. But to the Christian love is the works of love. Christ's love was not an inner feeling, a full heart and what not, it was the work of love which was his life. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
449:When you say &
450:It is easy to see, though it scarcely needs to be pointed out, since it is involved in the fact that Reason is set aside, that faith is not a form of knowledge; for all knowledge is either a knowledge of the eternal, excluding the temporal and historical as indifferent, or it is pure historical knowledge. No knowledge can have for its object the absurdity that the eternal is the historical. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
451:The gods were bored and so they created man. Adam was bored because he was alone, so Eve was created.  Thus boredom entered the world, and increased in proportion to the increase in population.  Adam was bored alone, then Adam and Eve were bored together; them Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were bored en famille; then the population of the world increased, and the people were bored en masse. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
452:Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
453:What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music... . And people flock around the poet and say: &
454:As I stood alone and forsaken, and the power of the sea and the battle of the elements reminded me of my own nothingness, and on the other hand, the sure flight of the birds recalled the words spoken by Christ: Not a sparrow shall fall on the ground without your Father: then, all at once, I felt how great and how small I was; then did those two mighty forces, pride and humility, happily unite in friendship. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
455:... a human being not only can choose but... he must choose... for in this way God retains His honor while at the same time has a fatherly concern for humankind. Though God has lowered Himself to being that which can be chosen, yet each person must on his part choose. God is not mocked. Therefore the matter stands thus: If a person avoids choosing, this is the same as the presumption of choosing the world. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
456:Sin is: before God, or with the conception of God, in despair not to will to be oneself, or in despair to will to be oneself. Thus sin is intensified weakness or intensified defiance: sin is the intensification of despair. The emphasis is on before God, or with a conception of God; it is the conception of God that makes sin dialectically, ethically, and religiously what lawyers call &
457:Christianity does not oppose debauchery and uncontrollable passions and the like as much as it opposes... flat mediocrity, this nauseating atmosphere, this homey, civil togetherness, where admittedly great crimes, wild excesses, and powerful aberrations cannot easily occur - but where God's unconditional demand has even greater difficulty in accomplishing what it requires: the majestic obedience of submission. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
458:The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are. The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe. Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
459:Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion ... while Truth again reverts to a new minority. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
460:Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Therefore, whenever I see a fly settling, in the decisive moment, on the nose of such a person of affairs; or if he is spattered with mud from a carriage which drives past him in still greater haste; or the drawbridge opens up before him; or a tile falls down and knocks him dead, then I laugh heartily. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
461:People try to persuade us that the objections against Christianity spring from doubt. That is a complete misunderstanding. The objections against Christianity spring from insubordination, the dislike of obedience, rebellion against all authority. As a result, people have hitherto been beating the air in their struggle against objections, because they have fought intellectually with doubt instead of fighting morally with rebellion. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
462:... it is presumptuous ridicule of God if someone thinks that only the person who desires great wealth chooses mammon. Alas, the person who insists on having a penny without God, wants to have a penny all for himself. He thereby chooses mammon. A penny is enough, the choice is made, he has chosen mammon; that it is little makes not the slightest difference. The love of God is hatred of the world and love of the world hatred of God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
463:Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household. One keeps this anxiety at a distance by looking at the many round about who are related to him as kin and friends, but the anxiety is still there, nevertheless, and one hardly dares think of how he would feel if all this were taken away. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
464:... it is not the obscure passages in Scripture that bind you but the ones you understand. With these you are to comply at once. If you understood only one passage in all of Scripture, well, then you must do that first of all. It will be this passage God asks you about. Do not first sit down and ponder the obscure passages. God's Word is given in order that you shall act according to it, not that you gain expertise in interpreting it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
465:So to be sick unto death is, not to be able to die-yet not as though there were hope of life; no, the hopelessness in this case is that even the last hope, death, is not available. When death is the greatest danger, one hopes for life; but when one becomes acquainted with an even more dreadful danger, one hopes for death. So when the danger is so great that death has become one's hope, despair is the disconsolateness of not being able to die. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
466:In order to learn true humility (I use this expression to describe the state of mind under discussion), it is good for a person to withdraw from the turmoil of the world (we see that Christ withdrew when the people wanted to proclaim him king as well as when he had to walk the thorny path), for in life either the depressing or the elevating impression is too dominant for a true balance to come about. Here, of course, individuality is very decisive. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
467:Whoever thou art, whatever in other respects thy life may be, my friend, by ceasing to take part (if ordinarily thou doest) in the public worship of God, as it now is (with the claim that it is the Christianity of the New Testament), thou hast constantly one guilt the less, and that a great one: thou dost not take part in treating God as a fool by calling that the Christianity of the New Testament which is not the Christianity of the New Testament. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
468:To despair over one's sins indicates that sin has become or wants to be internally consistent. It wants nothing to do with the good, does not want to be so weak as to listen occasionally to other talk. No, it insists on listening only to itself, on having dealings only with itself; it closes itself up within itself, indeed, locks itself inside one more inclosure, and protects itself against every attack or pursuit by the good by despairing over sin. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
469:Let others mock at you, oppose you, when you are under the influence of any passion; do not be in the least offended with those who mock at or oppose you, for they do you good; crucify your self-love and acknowledge the wrong, the error of your heart. But have the deepest pity for those who mock at words and works of faith and piety, of righteousness; for those who oppose the good which you are doing... God preserve you - getting exasperated at them. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
470:Death is not earnest in the same way the eternal is. To the earnestness of death belongs precisely that remarkable capacity for awakening, that resonance of a profound mockery which, detached from the thought of the eternal, is an empty and often brash jest, but together with the thought of the eternal is just what it should be, utterly different from the insipid solemness which least of all captures and holds a thought with tension like that of death. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
471:It is human self-renunciation when a man denies himself and the world opens up to him. But it is Christian self-renunciation when he denies himself and, because the world precisely for this shuts itself up to him, he must as one thrust out by the world seek God's confidence. The double-danger lies precisely in meeting opposition there where he had expected to find support, and he has to turn about twice; whereas the merely human self-resignation turns once. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
472:Knowledge of the truth I may perhaps have attained to; happiness certainly not. What shall I do? Accomplish something in the world, men tell me. Shall I then publish my grief to the world, contribute one more proof for the wretchedness and misery of existence, perhaps discover a new flaw in human life, hitherto unnoticed? I might then reap the rare reward of becoming famous, like the man who discovered the spots on Jupiter. I prefer, however, to keep silent. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
473:One is not unpopular because he uses peculiar expressions; that just so happens; such terms become a fad, and by and by everybody, down to the last simpleton, uses them. But a person who follows through an idea in his mind is, and always will be, essentially unpopular. That is why Socrates was unpopular, though he did not use any special terms, for to grasp and hold his &
474:There is nothing everyone is so afraid of as being told how vastly much he is capable of. You are capable of - do you want to know? - you are capable of living in poverty; you are capable of standing almost any kind of maltreatment, abuse, etc. But you do not wish to know about it, isn't that so? You would be furious with him who told you so, and only call that person your friend who bolsters you in saying: &
475:Imagine hidden in a simpler exterior a secret receptacle wherein the most precious treasure is deposited - there is a spring which has to be pressed, but the spring is hidden, and the pressure must have a certain strength, so that an accidental pressure would not be sufficient. So likewise is the hope of eternity hidden in man's inmost parts, and affliction is the pressure. When it presses the hidden spring, and strongly enough, then the contents appear in all their glory. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
476:How did I get into the world? Why was I not asked about it and why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought by a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? Why should I be involved? Isn't it a matter of choice? And if I am compelled to be involved, where is the manager—I have something to say about this. Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint? ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
477:Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
478:The spiritual differs from the religious in being able to endure isolation. The rank of a spiritual person is proportionate to his strength for enduring isolation, whereas we religious people are constantly in need of &
479:In the end, therefore, money will be the one thing people will desire, which is moreover only representative, an abstraction. Nowadays a young man hardly envies anyone his gifts, his art, the love of a beautiful girl, or his fame; he only envies him his money. Give me money, he will say, and I am saved... He would die with nothing to reproach himself with, and under the impression that if only he had had the money he might really have lived and might even have achieved something great. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
480:Do you know of any more overwhelming and humbling expression for God's condescension and extravagance towards us human beings than that He places Himself, so to say, on the same level of choice with the world, just so that we may be able to choose; that God, if language dare speak thus, woos humankind - that He, the eternally strong one, woos sapless humanity? Yet, how insignificant is the young lover's choice between her pursuers by comparison with this choice between God and the world. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
481:It is (to describe it figuratively) as if an author were to make a slip of the pen, and as if this clerical error became conscious of being such. Perhaps this was no error but in a far higher sense was an essential part of the whole exposition. It is, then, as if this clerical error were to revolt against the author, out of hatred for him, were to forbid him to correct it, and were to say, "No, I will not be erased, I will stand as a witness against thee, that thou art a very poor writer." ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
482:And this is the simple truth - that to live is to feel oneself lost. He who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground. Instinctively, as do the shipwrecked, he will look around for something to which to cling, and that tragic, ruthless glance, absolutely sincere, because it is a question of his salvation, will cause him to bring order into the chaos of his life. These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
483:To defend something is always to discredit it. Let a man have a warehouse full of gold, let him be willing to give away a ducat to every one of the poor - but let him also be stupid enough to begin this charitable undertaking of his with a defense in which he offers three good reasons in justification; and it will almost come to the point of people finding it doubtful whether indeed he is doing something good. But now for Christianity. Yes, the person who defends that has never believed in it. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
484:Every human being is tried this way in the active service of expectancy. Now comes the fulfillment and relieves him, but soon he is again placed on reconnaissance for expectancy; then he is again relieved, but as long as there is any future for him, he has not yet finished his service. And while human life goes on this way in very diverse expectancy, expecting very different things according to different times and occasions and in different frames of mind, all life is again one nightwatch of expectancy. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
485:Faith is precisely the paradox that the single individual as the single individual is higher than the universal, is justified before it, not as inferior to it but superior - yet in such a way, please note, that it is the single individual who, after being subordinate as the single individual to the universal, now by means of the universal becomes the single individual who as the single individual is superior, that the single individual as the single individual stands in an absolute relation to the absolute. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
486:The individual (no matter how well-meaning he might be, no matter how much strength he might have, if only he would use it) does not have the passion to rip himself away from either the coils of Reflection or the seductive ambiguities of Reflection; nor do the surroundings and times have any events or passions, but rather provide a negative setting of a habit of reflection, which plays with some illusory project only to betray him in the end with a way out: it shows him that the most clever thing to do is nothing at all. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
487:Christ was crucified because he would have nothing to do with the crowd (even though he addressed himself to all). He did not want to form a party, an interest group, a mass movement, but wanted to be what he was, the truth, which is related to the single individual. Therefore everyone who will genuinely serve the truth is by that very fact a martyr. To win a crowd is no art; for that only untruth is needed, nonsense, and a little knowledge of human passions. But no witness to the truth dares to get involved with the crowd. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
488:The ever increasing intensity of despair depends upon the degree of consciousness or is proportionate to this increase: the greater the degree of consciousness, the more intensive the despair. This is everywhere apparent, most clearly in despair at its maximum and minimum. The devil's despair is the most intensive despair, for the devil is sheer spirit and hence unqualified consciousness and transparency; there is no obscurity in the devil that could serve as a mitigating excuse. Therefore, his despair is the most absolute defiance. . . . ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
489:If someone who wanted to learn to dance were to say: For centuries, one generation after the other has learned the positions, and it is high time that I take advantage of this and promptly begin with the quadrille&
490:Compared with the person who is conscious of his despair, the despairing individual who is ignorant of his despair is simply a negativity further away from the truth and deliverance. . . Yet ignorance is so far from breaking the despair or changing despair to nondespairing that it can in fact be the most dangerous form of despair. . . . An individual is furthest from being conscious of himself as spirit when he is ignorant of being in despair. But precisely this-not to be conscious of oneself as spirit-is despair, which is spiritlessness. . . . ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
491:And then the spirit brings hope, hope in the strictest Christian sense, hope which is hoping against hope. For an immediate hope exists in every person; it may be more powerfully alive in one person than in another; but in death every hope of this kind dies and turns into hopelessness. Into this night of hopelessness (it is death that we are describing) comes the life-giving spirit and brings hope, the hope of eternity. It is against hope, for there was no longer any hope for that merely natural hope; this hope is therefore a hope contrary to hope. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
492:It is a wonderful thing to see a first-rate philosopher at prayer. Tough-minded thinking and tenderhearted reverence are friends, not enemies. We have for too long separated the head from the heart, and we are the lesser for it. We love God with the mind and we love God with the heart. In reality, we are descending with the mind into the heart and there standing before God in ceaseless wonder and endless praise. As the mind and the heart work in concert, a kind of loving rationality pervades all we say and do. This brings unity to us and glory to God. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
493:Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it - and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart's indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you - for only the truth that builds up is truth for you. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
494:You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are a strange fellow, one moment a child, the next an old man; one moment you are thinking most earnestly about the most important scholarly problems, how you will devote your life to them, and the next you are a lovesick fool. But you are a long way from marriage. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
495:It is only all too easy to understand the requirements contained in God's Word (&

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1:—Soren Kierkegaard ~ Jim Harrison,
2:My sorrow is my castle. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
3:... all comparisons injure. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
4:What labels me, negates me. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
5:Don't forget to love yourself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
6:Be that self which one truly is. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
7:Once you label me you negate me. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
8:Sleeping is the height of genius ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
9:My standpoint is armed neutrality. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
10:Hope is a passion for the possible. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
11:There can be no faith without risk. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
12:Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
13:The Bible is God's love letter to us ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
14:The door to happiness opens outward. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
15:Hope is passion for what is possible. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
16:May new sufferings torment your soul. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
17:Purity of heart is to will one thing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
18:The God that can be named is not God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
19:Faith is the highest passion in a man. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
20:Fate, then, is the nothing of anxiety. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
21:Humor (is) intrinsitc to Christianity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
22:The meaning lies in the appropriation. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
23:To be a saint is to will the one thing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
24:Confidence is the present tense of hope. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
25:I must find a truth that is true for me. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
26:Pleasure disappoints; possibility never. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
27:Take it and return it: the kiss of love. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
28:Without risk, faith is an impossibility. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
29:Genius never desires what does not exist. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
30:Irony is a qualification of subjectivity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
31:It is impossible to exist without passion ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
32:I would have perished had I not perished. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
33:If you think you understand, it isn't God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
34:Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
35:Men who not religious or artists are fools. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
36:Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
37:Do it or don't do it - you will regret both. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
38:Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
39:Now, with God's help, I shall become myself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
40:One can advise comfortably from a safe port. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
41:Future is everything that past has forgotten. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
42:There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
43:Where there are two people, there is untruth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
44:Leap of faith – yes, but only after reflection ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
45:Nothing is as heady as the wine of possibility ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
46:The thing that cowardice fears most is decision ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
47:To love another person is to help them love God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
48:Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
49:Only the noble of heart are called to difficulty. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
50:Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
51:What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
52:Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
53:I do not lack the courage to think a thought whole. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
54:A man who cannot seduce men cannot save them either. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
55:Love believes all things and yet is never deceived. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
56:A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
57:If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
58:Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
59:Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
60:Everyone looks the same to me in a photograph: stupid. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
61:Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
62:The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
63:Absolute passion cannot be understood by a third party. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
64:Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
65:It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
66:The person who praises God is on the tracks of justice. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
67:It is very important in life to know when your cue comes. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
68:My melancholy is the most faithful sweetheart I have had. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
69:Once you are born in this world you’re old enough to die. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
70:Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
71:The most common form of despair is not being who you are. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
72:I stick my finger into existence and it smells of nothing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
73:We live as if we were unaware of our impending destruction ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
74:If you want to be loathsome to God, just run with the herd. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
75:At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
76:Comparison is the most dangerous acquaintance love can make. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
77:I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
78:It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
79:Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
80:The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
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81:The truly simple way of presenting Christianity is to do it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
82:Dread is a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
83:Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
84:To venture causes anxiety. Not to venture is to lose oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
85:Faith is holding onto uncertainties with passionate conviction. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
86:In my great melancholy, I loved life, for I love my melancholy. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
87:It's better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
88:Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
89:To be lost in spiritlessness is the most terrible thing of all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
90:to have faith is precisely to lose one's mind so as to win God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
91:It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.
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92:to have faith is precisely to lose one's mind so as to win God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
93:Come, sleep and death; you promise nothing, you hold everything. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
94:God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
95:I go fishing for a thousand monsters in the depths of my own self ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
96:On the secretly blushing cheek is reflected the glow of the heart ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
97:Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
98:Backwards understood be only can but, forwards lived be must life. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
99:Music finds its way where the rays of the sun cannot penetrate.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
100:The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
101:Certainty... lurks at the door of faith and threatens to devour it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
102:Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
103:The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
104:The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
105:...why bother remembering a past that cannot be made into a present? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
106:You live life looking forward, you understand life looking backward. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
107:Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
108:Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
109:Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
110:No one is so terribly deceived as he who does not himself suspect it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
111:Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
112:Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
113:The highest of all is not to understand the highest but to act upon it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
114:Therefore do not deceive yourself! Of all deceivers fear most yourself! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
115:Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
116:It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.1 —Soren Kierkegaard ~ Barnabas Piper,
117:Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
118:I have attacked no one as not being a Christian, I have condemned no one. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
119:Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
120:There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
121:The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
122:A 'no' does not hide anything, but a 'yes' very easily becomes a deception. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
123:I believe that there is a longing in my soul that searches the whole world. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
124:It takes moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
125:This age will die not as a result of some evil, but from a lack of passion. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
126:Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
127:Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
128:Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
129:Philosophy is life's dry-nurse, who can take care of us - but not suckle us. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
130:Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
131:Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
132:People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
133:To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
134:A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
135:Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
136:Language has time as its element; all other media have space as their element. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
137:That is the road we all have to take - over the Bridge of Sight into eternity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
138:The wisdom of the years is confusing. Only the wisdom of eternity is edifying. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
139:Are you not aware that there comes a midnight hour when everyone must unmask... ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
140:The best news the World has ever heard came from a graveyard - Christ is risen! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
141:To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
142:Every man has in himself the most dangerous traitor of all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love, [T5],
143:Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forwards. —Soren Kierkegaard ~ Lee Gutkind,
144:All moral elevation consists first and foremost of being weaned from the momentary. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
145:The question is not "To be or not to be," it is what we should be until we are not. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
146:The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
147:During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
148:For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
149:Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
150:Out of love, God becomes man. He says: 'See, here is what it is to be a human being'. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
151:The great trick with a woman is to get rid of her while she think's she's rid of you. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
152:The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
153:When you were called, did you answer or did you not? Perhaps softly and in a whisper? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
154:Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
155:Men are not on such intimate terms with the sublime that they really can believe in it ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
156:The only intelligent tactical response to life's horror is to laugh defiantly at it
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
157:All the shrewdness of 'man' seeks one thing: to be able to live without responsibility. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
158:Job endured everything - until his friends came to comfort him, then he grew impatient. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
159:The reign of the tyrant ends with his death, and the reign of the martyr starts with it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
160:A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
161:Geniuses are like thunderstorms: they go against the wind, terrify people, clear the air. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
162:I would rather be a swineherd, understood by the swine, than a poet misunderstood by men. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
163:Most people believe that the Christian commandments are intentionally a little too severe ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
164:I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
165:There are men who are wanting in the comparative, they as a rule are the most interesting. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
166:Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
167:It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
168:Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
169:Sin is in itself separation from the good, but despair over sin is separation a second time. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
170:Ulysses was not comely, but he was eloquent, Yet he fired two goddesses of the sea with love ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
171:What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
172:To Dare is to risk losing your foothold for a moment, Not to Dare is to risk losing yourself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
173:It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
174:Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual." ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
175:The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
176:What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears?
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
177:I have never fought in such a way as to say: I am the true Christian, others are not Christians. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
178:Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
179:Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
180:To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
181:Any truth is only true up to a certain point. When one oversteps the mark, it becomes a non-truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
182:The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
183:The question is asked in ignorance, by one who does not even know what can have led him to ask it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
184:Only one human being recognized as one's neighbour is necessary in order to cure a man of self-love ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
185:People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
186:The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
187:The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
188:It is the normal state of the human heart to try to build its identity around something besides God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
189:Theology sits rouged at the window and courts philosophy's favor, offering to sell her charms to it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
190:If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
191:If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
192:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
193:To be a teacher does not mean simply to affirm that such a thing is so, or to deliver a lecture, etc. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
194:What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
195:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
196:There's nothing more fragrant, more sparkling, more intoxicating than the infinity of possibilities
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
197:Freedom's possibility is not the ability to choose the good or the evil. The possibility is to be able. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
198:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
199:Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
200: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,
201:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
202:It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
203:Spirit is the third, yet in such a way that one can speak of a synthesis only when the spirit is posited. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
204:When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, "It is talking to me, and about me". ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
205:The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard,
206:Human relations are like the irregular verbs in a number of languages where nearly all verbs are irregular. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
207:In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child’s hobby-horse and trumpet. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
208:The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
209:Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
210:People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
211:What a misfortune to be a woman! And yet, the worst misfortune is not to understand what a misfortune it is. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
212:Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven--in the spring at the earth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
213:Shows itself in the notion that what may be objectively true may in the mouth of certain people become false. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
214:To the frivolous Christianity is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes first of all to make them serious. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
215:My scholarly expectation is then that I may succeed in becoming clever in philosophy in spite of my stupidity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
216:To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
217:As the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard noted, life can only be understood backwards—but it must be lived forwards. ~ Anonymous,
218:This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
219:For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
220:To grumble about the world and its unhappiness is always easier than to beat one's breast and groan over oneself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
221:To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain 'importance' - I can think of nothing more ridiculous. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
222: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,
223:If you name me, you negate me. By giving me a name, a label, you negate all the other things I could possibly be. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
224:Soren Kierkegaard, the famed Danish theologian, once put it, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
225:the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard noted, life can only be understood backwards—but it must be lived forwards. ~ Benjamin Graham,
226:What looks like politics, and imagines itself to be political, will one day unmask itself as a religious movement. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
227:Affliction is able to drown out every earthly voice. . . but the voice of eternity within a person it cannot drown. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
228: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,
229:To stand on one leg and prove God's existence is a very different thing from going on one's knees and thanking him. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
230:For love is exultant when it unites equals, but it is triumphant when it makes that which was unequal equal in love. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
231:My tactics were, by God's aid, to employ every means to make it clear what the requirement of Christianity truly is. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
232: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,
233:As the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard noted, life can only be understood backwards—but it must be lived forwards. ~ Benjamin Graham,
234:If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
235:With respect to physical existence, one needs little, and to the degree that one needs less, the more perfect one is. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
236:Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
237:Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
238:No one may pride himself at being more than an individual, and no one despondently think that he is not an individual. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
239: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,
240:It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
241:It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
242: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,
243:Busyness, keeping up with others, hustling hither and yon, makes it almost impossible for an individual to form a heart. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
244:The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. Only assistant professors assume that. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
245:In a mathematical proposition, for example, the objectivity is given, but therefore its truth is also an indifferent truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
246: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,
247:...there is one thing that all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise - an undivided will. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
248:Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, who so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
249: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,
250: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,
251: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,
252: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,
253:The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
254: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,
255: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,
256: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,
257:Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to itself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
258:Preparation for becoming attentive to Christianity does not consist in reading many books ... but in fuller immersion in existence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
259: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,
260:Intelligence has got the upper hand to such an extent that it transforms the real task into an unreal trick and reality into a play. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
261: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,
262: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,
263: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,
264: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,
265: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,
266:Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficultiesvanish. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
267: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,
268: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,
269:Seek first God's Kingdom, that is, become like the lilies and the birds, become perfectly silent - then shall the rest be added unto you. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
270:All essential knowledge relates to existence, or only such knowledge as has an essential relationship to existence is essential knowledge. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
271:If the ethical - that is, social morality- is the highest ... then no categories are needed other than the Greek philosophical categories. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
272: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 ~ Kate Racculia,
273: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,
274: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,
275:It is a frightful satire and an epigram on the modern age that the only use it knows for solitude is to make it a punishment, a jail sentence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
276: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,
277: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,
278: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,
279: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,
280:To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self.... And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one's self. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
281: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,
282: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,
283:Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
284: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,
285:The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I should reply, 'Create silence'. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
286: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,
287:Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
288: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,
289:A man's personality is matured only when he appropriates the truth, whether it is spoken by Balaam's ass or a sniggering wag or an apostle or an angel. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
290:Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
291: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,
292: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,
293: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,
294: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,
295: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,
296: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,
297:Irony is the cultivation of the spirit and therefore follows next after immediacy; then comes the ethicist, then the humourist, then the religious person. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
298:The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
299: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 (1813-1855) ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
300: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,
301: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,
302:In the deepest sense, the being in a state of sin is the sin, the particular sins are not the continuation of sin, they are expressions of its continuation. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
303: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,
304:Deep within every man there lies the dread of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the tremendous household of millions and millions. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
305: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,
306:Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
307: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,
308:Irony limits, finitizes, and circumscribes and thereby yields truth, actuality, content; it disciplines and punishes and thereby yields balance and consistency. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
309:It is modest of the nightingale not to require anyone to listen to it; but it is also proud of the nightingale not to care whether any one listens to it or not. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
310:Boredom rests upon the nothingness that winds its way through existence; its giddiness, like that which comes from gazing down into an infinite abyss, is infinite. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
311:Even though it be true that the conception of God is absolute help, it is also the only help which is absolutely capable of revealing to man his own helplessness. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
312:The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
313: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,
314: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,
315: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,
316:But the life of freedom requires a beginning, and here a beginning is a resolution, and the resolution has its work and its pain-thus the beginning has its difficulty. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
317: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, The Journals of Kierkegaard,
318: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,
319: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,
320:It is intelligent to ask two questions: (1) Is it possible? (2) Can I do it?. But it is unintelligent to ask these questions: (1) Is it real? (2) Has my neighbor done it? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
321: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,
322:...the person who surrenders absolutely to God, with no reservations, is absolutely safe. From this safe hiding-place he can see the devil , but the devil cannot see him. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
323: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,
324:Silence is the demon's trap, and the more one is silenced, the more terrible the demon; but silence is also the divinity's mutual understanding with the single individual. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
325: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,
326: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,
327:I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it - alas, not even the bliss of heaven. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
328:The truth is lived before it is understood. It must be fought for, tested, and appropriated. Truth is the way... Anyone will easily understand it if he just gives himself to it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
329: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,
330: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,
331: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,
332: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,
333:...he who always hopes for the best becomes old, deceived by life, and he who is always prepared for the worst becomes old prematurely; but he who has faith, retains eternal youth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
334: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,
335:But doubt is wily and cunning and never, as it is sometimes said to be, loud or defiant. It is unassuming and sly, not bold or assertive - and the more unassuming, the more dangerous. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
336: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,
337:The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God. — Soren Kierkegaard ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
338: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,
339:. . .the larger the crowd, the more probable that that which it praises is folly, and the more improbable that it is truth; and the most improbable of all that it is any eternal truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
340:You train yourself in the art of being mysterious to everyone. My dear friend! What if there were no one, who cared about guessing your riddle, what pleasure would you then take in it? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
341: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,
342:It occurs to me that artists go forward by going backward, something which I have nothing against intrinsically when it is a reproduced retreat - as is the case with the better artists. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
343: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,
344:You should therefore say: alone in one's boat, alone with one's care, alone with one's despair, which one is craven enough to want rather to keep than submit to the pain of being healed. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
345:In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. ... My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known - no wonder, then, that I return the love. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
346: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,
347:Oh, can I really believe the poet's tales, that when one first sees the object of one's love, one imagines one has seen her long ago, that all love like all knowledge is remembrance, that ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
348:There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
349:The question of immortality is of its nature not a scholarly question. It is a question welling up from the interior which the subject must put to itself as it becomes conscious of itself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
350:It is perhaps the misfortune of my life that I am interested in far too much but not decisively in any one thing; all my interests are not subordinated in one but stand on an equal footing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
351: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,
352:Just as in the great moment of resignation one does not mediate but chooses, now the task is to gain proficiency in repeating the impassioned choice and, existing, to express it in existence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
353:In actuality, no one ever sank so deep that he could not sink deeper, and there may be one or many who sank deeper. So it is always possible to be happy and grateful that things are not worse! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
354:Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
355: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,
356: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,
357:For like a poisonous breath over the fields, like a mass of locusts over Egypt, so the swarm of excuses is a general plaque, a ruinous infection among men, that eats off the sprouts of the Eternal. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
358: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,
359: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,
360:The melancholy have the best sense of the comic, the opulent often the best sense of the rustic, the dissolute often the best sense of the moral, and the doubter often the best sense of the religious. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
361: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,
362: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,
363:With every increase in the degree of consciousness, and in proportion to that increase, the intensity of despair increases: the more consciousness the more intense the despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death,
364: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,
365: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,
366:The paradox in Christian truth is invariably due to the fact that it is the truth that exists for God. The standard of measure and the end is superhuman; and there is only one relationship possible: faith. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
367:Your own tactic is to train yourself in the art of becoming enigmatic to everybody. My young friend, suppose there was no one who troubld himself to guess your riddle--what joy, then, would you have in it? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
368: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,
369:Don't you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
370:If philosophy among other vagaries were also to have the notion that it could occur to a man to act in accordance with its teaching, one might make out of that a queer comedy. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (Chapter 5),
371:I have, I believe, the courage to doubt everything; I have, I believe, the courage to fight against everything; but I do not have the courage to acknowledge anything, the courage to possess, to own anything. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
372: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,
373: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,
374:Worship isn't God's show. God is the audience. God's watching. The congregation, they are the actors in this drama. Worship is their show. And the minister is just reminding the people of their forgotten lines. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
375: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,
376: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,
377: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,
378:The stone that was rolled before Christ's tomb might appropriately be called the philosopher's stone because its removal gave not only the pharisees but, now for 1800 years, the philosophers so much to think about. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
379:It is tragic-comic to see that all this knowledge and understanding exercises no power at all over men's lives, that their lives do not express in the remotest way what they have understood, but rather the opposite. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
380: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,
381:Idleness, we are accustomed to say, is the root of all evil. To prevent this evil, work is recommended.... Idleness as such is by no means a root of evil; on the contrary, it is truly a divine life, if one is not bored. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
382:Most people believe that the Christian commandments, e.g. to love one's neighbor as oneself, are intentionally a little too severe - like setting a clock half an hour ahead to make sure of not being late in the morning. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
383:I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
384:Talent warms-up the given (as they say in cookery) and makes it apparent; genius brings something new. But our time lets talent pass for genius. They want to abolish the genius, deify the genius, and let talent forge ahead. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
385: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,
386: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,
387: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,
388:Truth always rests with the minority … because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion” – Soren Kierkegaard ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
389:I am convinced that God is love, this thought has for me a primitive lyrical validity. When it is present to me, I am unspeakably blissful, when it is absent, I long for it more vehemently than does the lover for his object. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
390:Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And If I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
391:People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
392:... the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
393: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,
394:... the more one needs God the more perfect he is. To need God is nothing to be ashamed of but is perfection itself. It is the saddest thing in the world if a human being goes through life without discovering that he needs God! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
395:Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die - but this is sensuality's cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink, instead of eating and drinking in order to live. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
396:The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
397:One should be an enigma not just to others but to oneself too. I study myself. When I'm tired of that I light a cigar to pass the time, and think: God only knows what the good Lord really meant with me, or what He meant to make of me. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
398: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,
399:The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
400:As Soren Kierkegaard says in the opening pages of The Sickness unto Death (the sickness in question is despair): “Everything essentially Christian must have in its presentation a resemblance to the way a physician speaks at the sickbed. ~ Kevin J Vanhoozer,
401:A man may perform astonishing feats and comprehend a vast amount of knowledge, and yet have no understanding of himself. But suffering directs a man to look within. If it succeeds, then there, within him, is the beginning of his learning. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
402:Destroy your primitivity, and you will most probably get along well in the world, maybe achieve great success--but Eternity will reject you. Follow up your primitivity, and you will be shipwrecked in temporality, but accepted by Eternity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
403:What the philosophers have to say about reality is often as disappointing as a sign you see in a shop window, which reads Pressing Done Here. If you brought your clothes in to be pressed, you would be fooled: for the sign is only for sale. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
404:I have only one friend, and that is echo. Why is it my friend? Because I love my sorrow, and echo does not take it away from me. I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. Why is it my confidant? Because it remains silent. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
405: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,
406:Reflection is not the evil; but a reflective condition and the deadlock which it involves, by transforming the capacity for action into a means of escape from action, is both corrupt and dangerous, and leads in the end to a retrograde movement. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
407:Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
408:That which is truly human no generation learns from the one before it. No generation learns from another how to love. No generation has a shorter task assigned to it except insofar as the previous generation shirked its task and deluded itself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
409:As the arrow, loosed from the bow by the hand of the practiced archer, does not rest till it has reached the mark, so men pass from God to God. He is the mark for which they have been created, and they do not rest till they find their rest in him. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
410:In order to swim one takes off all one's clothes--in order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one's inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness etc., before one is sufficiently naked. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
411: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,
412:The commandment is that you shall love, but when you understand life and yourself, then it is as if you should not need to be commanded, because to love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without this life you really do not live. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
413:...my soul always reverts to the Old Testament and to Shakespeare. There at least one feels that it's human beings talking. There people hate, people love, people murder their enemy and curse his descendants through all generations, there people sin. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
414:Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
415: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,
416:Knowledge is an attitude, a passion, actually an illicit attitude. For the compulsion to know is like dipsomania, erotomania, and homicidal mania, in producing a character that is out of balance. It is not at all that the scientist goes after the truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
417:Learning to know anxiety is an adventure which every man has to affront if he would not go to perdition either by not having known anxiety or by sinking under it. He therefore who has leaned rightly to be in anxiety has learned the most important thing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
418:Doubt is thought's despair; despair is personality's doubt. . . . Doubt and despair . . . belong to completely different spheres; different sides of the soul are set in motion. . . . Despair is an expression of the total personality, doubt only of thought. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
419:I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul; witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I went away - yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the earth's orbit ——————————— and wanted to shoot myself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
420:He who does not know how to encircle a girl so that she loses sight of everything he does not want her to see, he who does not know how to poetize himself into a girl so that it is from her that everything proceeds as he wants it-he is and remains a bungler ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
421:If I had a humble spirit in my service who, when I asked for a glass of water, brought me the world's costliest wines blended in a chalice, I should dismiss him, in order to teach him that my pleasure consists, not in what I enjoy, but in having my own way. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
422:It will be easy for us the first time we receive that ball of yarn from Ariadne (love) and then go through all the mazes of the labyrinth (life) and kill the monster. But how many there are who plunge into life (the labyrinth) without taking that precaution? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
423:...the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally - weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
424:It goes against the grain for me to do what so often happens, to speak inhumanly about the great as if a few millennia were an immense distance. I prefer to speak humanly about it, as if it happened yesterday, and let only the greatness itself be the distance. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
425:The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death,
426:Tenía una confidente íntima -mi melancolía-, y en medio de mi alegría, en medio de mi trabajo, ella me atrae, me llama a un lado aunque físicamente yo permanezca en el lugar. Es la más fiel amante que haya conocido....
Soren Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
427:As my prayer became more attentive and inward, I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent... This is how it is. To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking. Prayer involves becoming silent, and being silent, and waiting until God is heard. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
428:God is present in the moment of choice, not in order to watch but in order to be chosen. Therefore, each person must choose. Terrible is the battle, in a person's innermost being, between God and the world. The crowning risk involved lies in the possession of choice. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
429:And if something should be found, particularly in the first part of the dissertation, that one is generally not accustomed to come across in scholarly writings, the reader must forgive my jocundity, just as I, in order to lighten the burden, sometimes sing at my work. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
430:Death induces the sensual person to say: Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die - but this is sensuality's cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink instead of eating and drinking in order to live. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
431:Human justice is very prolix, and yet at times quite mediocre; divine justice is more concise and needs no information from the prosecution, no legal papers, no interrogation of witnesses, but makes the guilty one his own informer and helps him with eternity's memory. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
432:If I were a physician, and if I were allowed to prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the Word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, how could one hear it with so much noise? Therefore, create silence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
433:It doesn't occur to me at this moment to say more; another time, perhaps tomorrow, I may have more to say, but always the same thing and about the same, for only gypsies, robber gangs and swindlers follow the adage that where a person has once been he is never to go again. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
434:However much one generation learns from another, it can never learn from its predecessor the genuinely human factor. In this respect every generation begins afresh. Thus no generation has learned from another how to love, no generation can begin other than at the beginning. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
435:Pain reconciles one to existence. Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, the shirt sewn in tears, but then it also gives better protection than iron. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
436:People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don't know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
437:...Christ did not appoint professors, but followers. If Christianity ... is not reduplicated in the life of the person expounding it, then he does not expound Christianity, for Christianity is a message about living and can only be expounded by being realized in men's lives. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
438:...knowing God is the condition for the sanctification of a human being by God's assistance and according to His intention. Wherever God is, there He is always creating... He wants to create a new human being. To need God is to become new. And to know God is the crucial thing. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
439:The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss—an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc.—is sure to be noticed. —Soren Kierkegaard The Sickness Unto Death ~ Michael Marshall Smith,
440:Take a book, the poorest one written, but read it with the passion that it is the only book you will read. Ultimately, you will read everything out of it, that is, as much as there was in yourself, and you could never get more out of reading, even if you read the best of books. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
441:The more one suffers, the more, I believe, has one a sense for the comic. It is only by the deepest suffering that one acquires true authority in the use of the comic, an authority which by one word transforms as by magic the reasonable creature one calls man into a caricature. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
442:You wanted God's ideas about what was best for you to coincide with your ideas, but you also wanted him to be the almighty Creator of heaven and earth so that he could properly fulfill your wish. And yet, if he were to share your ideas, he would cease to be the almighty Father. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
443:A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to the general applause of wits who believe it's a joke. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
444: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,
445:This fact, that the opposite of sin is by no means virtue, has been overlooked. The latter is partly a pagan view, which is content with a merely human standard, and which for that very reason does not know what sin is, that all sin is before God. No, the opposite of sin is faith. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
446:The only analogy I have before me is Socrates. My task is a Socratic task, to revise the definition of what it is to be a Christian. For my part I do not call myself a "Christian" (thus keeping the ideal free), but I am able to make it evident that the others are still less than I. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
447:Truth has always had many loud proclaimers, but the question is whether a person will in the deepest sense acknowledge the truth, allow it to permeate his whole being, accept all its consequences, and not have an emergency hiding place for himself and a Judas kiss for the consequence. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
448:The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
449:Irony is the birth-pangs of the objective mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between existence and the idea of existence). Humor is the birth -pangs of the absolute mind (based upon the misrelationship, discovered by the I , between the I and the idea of the I . ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
450:In order to help another effectively, I must understand what he understands. If I do not know that, my greater understanding will be of no help to him... instruction begins when you put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
451:It is a very curious thing about superstition. One would expect that the man who had once seen his morbid dreams were not fulfilled would abandon them for the future; but on the contrary they grow even stronger just as the love of gambling increases in a man who has once lost in a lottery. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
452:...even the richest personality is nothing before he has chosen himself, and on the other hand even what one might call the poorest personality is everything when he has chosen himself; for the great thing is not to be this or that but to be oneself, and this everyone can be if he wills it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
453:Thus our own age is essentially one of understanding, and on the average, perhaps, more knowledgeable than any former generation, but it is without passion. Every one knows a great deal, we all know which way we ought to go and all the different ways we can go, but nobody is willing to move. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
454:If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
455:If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility! ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
456:It was not to save a nation that Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, nor to appease angry gods... Then why does Abraham do it? For God's sake... He does it for the sake of God because God demands proof of his faith... He was not justified by being virtuous, but by being an individual submitted to God in faith. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
457:If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
458:Out of love for mankind, and out of despair at my embarrassing situation, seeing that I had accomplished nothing and was unable to make anything easier than it had already been made, and moved by a genuine interest in those who make everything easy, I conceived it as my task to create difficulties everywhere. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
459:The resolving of the ethical, is freedom; the negative resolution also has this, but the freedom, blank and bare, is as if tongue-tied, hard to express, and generally has something hard in its nature. Falling in love, however, promptly sets it to music, even if this composition contains a very difficult passage. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
460:If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. Even though the result may gladden the whole world, that cannot help the hero; for he knows the result only when the whole thing is over, and that is not how he became a hero, but by virtue of the fact that he began. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
461:During the first period of our lives the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much. By not risking at first one turns aside and serves trivialities; in the second case, by risking too much, one turns aside to the fantastic and perhaps to presumption. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
462:If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe. If I wish to preserve myself in faith I must constantly be intent upon holding fast the objective uncertainty so as to remain out upon the deep, over seventy thousand fathoms of water, still preserving my faith. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
463:It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
464:In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage. The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
465:Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
466:...the reason for [this age's] anxiety and unrest is because in one direction, 'truth' increases in scope and quantity - via science and technology - while in the other, certainty and confidence steadily decline. Our age is a master in developing truths while being wholly indifferent to certitude. It lacks confidence in the good. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
467:It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
468:My life is absolutely meaningless. When I consider the different periods into which it falls, it seems like the word Schnur in the dictionary, which means in the first place a string, in the second, a daughter-in-law. The only thing lacking is that the word Schnur should mean in the third place a camel, in the fourth, a dust-brush. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
469:This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness...they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
470:An individual in despair despairs over something. . . . In despairing over something, he really despair[s] over himself, and now he wants to get rid of himself. Consequently, to despair over something is still not despair proper. . . . To despair over oneself, in despair to will to be rid of oneself-this is the formula for all despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
471:In his book Sickness Unto Death, Soren Kierkegaard says, it is the normal state of the human heart to try to build its identity around something besides God.2 Spiritual pride is the illusion that we are competent to run our own lives, achieve our own sense of self-worth and find a purpose big enough to give us meaning in life without God. ~ Timothy J Keller,
472:No, I won't leave the world--I'll enter a lunatic asylum and see if the profundity of insanity reveals to me the riddles of life. Idiot, why didn't I do that long ago, why has it taken me so long to understand what it means when the Indians honour the insane, step aside for them? Yes, a lunatic asylum--don't you think I may end up there? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
473:What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; 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,
474:A curiously interested observer sees a great deal, a scientifically interested observer is worthy of all honor, and anxiously interested observer sees what others do not see, but a crazy observer sees perhaps the most, his observation is more intense and more persistent, just as the senses of certain animals are sharper than those of man. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
475:I do not care for anything. I do not care to ride, for the exercise is too violent. I do not care to walk, walking is too strenuous. I do not care to lie down, for I should either have to remain lying, and I do not care to do that, or I should have to get up again, and I do not care to do that either. Summa summarum: I do not care at all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
476:The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
477:What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; 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,
478:The English term “martyr” comes from the Greek martys, “witness.” Soren Kierkegaard defines witness as “someone who directly demonstrates the truth of the doctrine he proclaims—directly, yes, partly by its being the truth within him, … partly by his volunteering his personal self and saying: See, now, if you can force me to deny this doctrine. ~ Kevin J Vanhoozer,
479:Dan Murphy's diagnosis added Lia Lee to a distibguished line of epileptics that has inlcuded Soren Kierkegaard, Vincent van Gogh, Gustave Flaubert, Lewis Carroll, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, all of whom, like many Hmong shamans, experienced powerful senses of grandeur and spiritiual passion during their seizures, and powerful creative urges in their wake. ~ Anne Fadiman,
480:With respect to love we speak continually about perfection and the perfect person. With respect to love Christianity also speaks continually about perfection and the perfect person. Alas, but we men talk about finding the perfect person in order to love him. Christianity speaks about being the perfect person who limitlessly loves the person he sees. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
481:At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness-not crimes and scandals. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
482:There are two kinds of geniuses. The characteristic of the one is roaring, but the lightning is meagre and rarely strikes; the other kind is characterized by reflection by which it constrains itself or restrains the roaring. But the lightning is all the more intense; with the speed and sureness of lightning it hits the selected particular points - and is fatal. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
483:Truth is not something you can appropriate easily and quickly. You certainly cannot sleep or dream yourself to the truth. No, you must be tried, do battle, and suffer if you are to acquire the truth for yourself. It is a sheer illusion to think that in relation to the truth there is an abridgement, a short cut that dispenses with the necessity for struggling for it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
484:Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backward. But then one forgets the other clause - that it must be lived forward. The more one thinks through this clause, the more one concludes that life in temporality never becomes properly understandable, simply because never at any time does one get perfect repose to take the stance - backward. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
485:And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
486:Spiritual superiority only sees the individual. But alas, ordinarily we human beings are sensual and, therefore, as soon as it is a gathering, the impression changes - we see something abstract, the crowd, and we become different. But 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,
487:It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived—forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward- looking position. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
488:If anyone proposes to believe, i.e., imagines himself to believe, because many good and upright people living here on the hill have believed, i.e., have said that they believedthen he is a fool, and it is essentially indifferent whether he believes on account of his own and perhaps a widely held opinion about what good and upright people believe, or believes a Münchhausen. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
489:The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of the newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit, since it can always sink lower and lower in its choice of readers. At last it will stir up all those dregs of humanity which no state or government can control. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
490:A poet is an unhappy creature whose heart is tortured by deepest suffering but whose lips are so formed that when his sighs and cries stream out over them, their sound beomes like the sound of beautiful music . . . . And men flock about the poet saying, Sing for us soon again; that is to say, may new sufferings torture your soul, and may your lips continue to be formed as before. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
491: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   * * * Quotation 10 — The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
492:When you say 'Yes' or promise something, you can very easily deceive yourself and others also, as if you had already done what you promised. It is easy to think that by making a promise you have at least done part of what you promised to do, as if the promise itself were something of value. Not at all! In fact, when you do not do what you promise, it is a long way back to the truth. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
493:No grand inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as has anxiety and no spy knows how to attack more artfully the man he suspects, choosing the instant when he is weakest; nor knows how to lay traps where he will be caught and ensnared as anxiety knows how, and no sharp-witted judge knows how to interrogate, to examine the accused, as anxiety does, which never lets him escape. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
494:To the Christian, love is the works of love. To say that love is a feeling or anything of the kind is an unchristian conception of love. That is the aesthetic definition and therefore fits the erotic and everything of that nature. But to the Christian love is the works of love. Christ's love was not an inner feeling, a full heart and what not, it was the work of love which was his life. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
495:What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music.... And people flock around the poet and say: 'Sing again soon' - that is, 'May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
496:It is easy to see, though it scarcely needs to be pointed out, since it is involved in the fact that Reason is set aside, that faith is not a form of knowledge; for all knowledge is either a knowledge of the eternal, excluding the temporal and historical as indifferent, or it is pure historical knowledge. No knowledge can have for its object the absurdity that the eternal is the historical. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
497:The gods were bored and so they created man. Adam was bored because he was alone, so Eve was created. Thus boredom entered the world, and increased in proportion to the increase in population. Adam was bored alone, then Adam and Eve were bored together; them Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were bored en famille; then the population of the world increased, and the people were bored en masse. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
498:Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
499:Sin is: before God, or with the conception of God, in despair not to will to be oneself, or in despair to will to be oneself. Thus sin is intensified weakness or intensified defiance: sin is the intensification of despair. The emphasis is on before God, or with a conception of God; it is the conception of God that makes sin dialectically, ethically, and religiously what lawyers call 'aggravated' despair. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
500:...a human being not only can choose but... he must choose... for in this way God retains His honor while at the same time has a fatherly concern for humankind. Though God has lowered Himself to being that which can be chosen, yet each person must on his part choose. God is not mocked. Therefore the matter stands thus: If a person avoids choosing, this is the same as the presumption of choosing the world. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
501:As I stood alone and forsaken, and the power of the sea and the battle of the elements reminded me of my own nothingness, and on the other hand, the sure flight of the birds recalled the words spoken by Christ: Not a sparrow shall fall on the ground without your Father: then, all at once, I felt how great and how small I was; then did those two mighty forces, pride and humility, happily unite in friendship. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
502:Christianity does not oppose debauchery and uncontrollable passions and the like as much as it opposes... flat mediocrity, this nauseating atmosphere, this homey, civil togetherness, where admittedly great crimes, wild excesses, and powerful aberrations cannot easily occur - but where God's unconditional demand has even greater difficulty in accomplishing what it requires: the majestic obedience of submission. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
503:The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are. The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe. Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
504:The prideful, rational mind, comfortable with its certainty, enamoured of its own brilliance, is easily tempted to ignore error, and to sweep dirt under the rug. Literary, existential philosophers, beginning with Soren Kierkegaard, conceived of this mode of Being as “inauthentic.” An inauthentic person continues to perceive and act in ways his own experience has demonstrated false. He does not speak with his own voice. ~ Jordan Peterson,
505:Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion ... while Truth again reverts to a new minority. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
506:The prideful, rational mind, comfortable with its certainty, enamoured of its own brilliance, is easily tempted to ignore error, and to sweep dirt under the rug. Literary, existential philosophers, beginning with Soren Kierkegaard, conceived of this mode of Being as “inauthentic.” An inauthentic person continues to perceive and act in ways his own experience has demonstrated false. He does not speak with his own voice. ~ Jordan B Peterson,
507:Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Therefore, whenever I see a fly settling, in the decisive moment, on the nose of such a person of affairs; or if he is spattered with mud from a carriage which drives past him in still greater haste; or the drawbridge opens up before him; or a tile falls down and knocks him dead, then I laugh heartily. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
508:...it is presumptuous ridicule of God if someone thinks that only the person who desires great wealth chooses mammon. Alas, the person who insists on having a penny without God, wants to have a penny all for himself. He thereby chooses mammon. A penny is enough, the choice is made, he has chosen mammon; that it is little makes not the slightest difference. The love of God is hatred of the world and love of the world hatred of God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
509:People try to persuade us that the objections against Christianity spring from doubt. That is a complete misunderstanding. The objections against Christianity spring from insubordination, the dislike of obedience, rebellion against all authority. As a result, people have hitherto been beating the air in their struggle against objections, because they have fought intellectually with doubt instead of fighting morally with rebellion. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
510:Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household. One keeps this anxiety at a distance by looking at the many round about who are related to him as kin and friends, but the anxiety is still there, nevertheless, and one hardly dares think of how he would feel if all this were taken away. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
511:...it is not the obscure passages in Scripture that bind you but the ones you understand. With these you are to comply at once. If you understood only one passage in all of Scripture, well, then you must do that first of all. It will be this passage God asks you about. Do not first sit down and ponder the obscure passages. God's Word is given in order that you shall act according to it, not that you gain expertise in interpreting it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
512:So to be sick unto death is, not to be able to die-yet not as though there were hope of life; no, the hopelessness in this case is that even the last hope, death, is not available. When death is the greatest danger, one hopes for life; but when one becomes acquainted with an even more dreadful danger, one hopes for death. So when the danger is so great that death has become one's hope, despair is the disconsolateness of not being able to die. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
513:In order to learn true humility (I use this expression to describe the state of mind under discussion), it is good for a person to withdraw from the turmoil of the world (we see that Christ withdrew when the people wanted to proclaim him king as well as when he had to walk the thorny path), for in life either the depressing or the elevating impression is too dominant for a true balance to come about. Here, of course, individuality is very decisive. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
514:Whoever thou art, whatever in other respects thy life may be, my friend, by ceasing to take part (if ordinarily thou doest) in the public worship of God, as it now is (with the claim that it is the Christianity of the New Testament), thou hast constantly one guilt the less, and that a great one: thou dost not take part in treating God as a fool by calling that the Christianity of the New Testament which is not the Christianity of the New Testament. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
515:To despair over one's sins indicates that sin has become or wants to be internally consistent. It wants nothing to do with the good, does not want to be so weak as to listen occasionally to other talk. No, it insists on listening only to itself, on having dealings only with itself; it closes itself up within itself, indeed, locks itself inside one more inclosure, and protects itself against every attack or pursuit by the good by despairing over sin. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
516:Let others mock at you, oppose you, when you are under the influence of any passion; do not be in the least offended with those who mock at or oppose you, for they do you good; crucify your self-love and acknowledge the wrong, the error of your heart. But have the deepest pity for those who mock at words and works of faith and piety, of righteousness; for those who oppose the good which you are doing... God preserve you - getting exasperated at them. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
517:Death is not earnest in the same way the eternal is. To the earnestness of death belongs precisely that remarkable capacity for awakening, that resonance of a profound mockery which, detached from the thought of the eternal, is an empty and often brash jest, but together with the thought of the eternal is just what it should be, utterly different from the insipid solemness which least of all captures and holds a thought with tension like that of death. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
518:The emerging church movement has come to believe that the ultimate context of the spiritual aspirations of a follower of Jesus Christ is not Christianity but rather the kingdom of God. ... to believe that God is limited to it would be an attempt to manage God. If one holds that Christ is confined to Christianity, one has chosen a god that is not sovereign. Soren Kierkegaard argued that the moment one decides to become a Christian, one is liable to idolatry. ~ Samir Selmanovic,
519:It is human self-renunciation when a man denies himself and the world opens up to him. But it is Christian self-renunciation when he denies himself and, because the world precisely for this shuts itself up to him, he must as one thrust out by the world seek God's confidence. The double-danger lies precisely in meeting opposition there where he had expected to find support, and he has to turn about twice; whereas the merely human self-resignation turns once. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
520:Knowledge of the truth I may perhaps have attained to; happiness certainly not. What shall I do? Accomplish something in the world, men tell me. Shall I then publish my grief to the world, contribute one more proof for the wretchedness and misery of existence, perhaps discover a new flaw in human life, hitherto unnoticed? I might then reap the rare reward of becoming famous, like the man who discovered the spots on Jupiter. I prefer, however, to keep silent. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
521:One is not unpopular because he uses peculiar expressions; that just so happens; such terms become a fad, and by and by everybody, down to the last simpleton, uses them. But a person who follows through an idea in his mind is, and always will be, essentially unpopular. That is why Socrates was unpopular, though he did not use any special terms, for to grasp and hold his 'ignorance' requires greater vital effort than understanding the whole of Hegel's philosophy. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
522:There is nothing everyone is so afraid of as being told how vastly much he is capable of. You are capable of - do you want to know? - you are capable of living in poverty; you are capable of standing almost any kind of maltreatment, abuse, etc. But you do not wish to know about it, isn't that so? You would be furious with him who told you so, and only call that person your friend who bolsters you in saying: 'No, this I cannot bear, this is beyond my strength, etc. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
523:Imagine hidden in a simpler exterior a secret receptacle wherein the most precious treasure is deposited - there is a spring which has to be pressed, but the spring is hidden, and the pressure must have a certain strength, so that an accidental pressure would not be sufficient. So likewise is the hope of eternity hidden in man's inmost parts, and affliction is the pressure. When it presses the hidden spring, and strongly enough, then the contents appear in all their glory. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
524:How did I get into the world? Why was I not asked about it and why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought by a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? Why should I be involved? Isn't it a matter of choice? And if I am compelled to be involved, where is the manager—I have something to say about this. Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint? ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
525:The spiritual differs from the religious in being able to endure isolation. The rank of a spiritual person is proportionate to his strength for enduring isolation, whereas we religious people are constantly in need of 'the others,' the herd. We religious folks die, or despair, if we are not reassured by being in the assembly, of the same opinion as the congregation, and so on. But the Christianity of the New Testament is precisely related to the isolation of the spiritual man. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
526:Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
527:In the end, therefore, money will be the one thing people will desire, which is moreover only representative, an abstraction. Nowadays a young man hardly envies anyone his gifts, his art, the love of a beautiful girl, or his fame; he only envies him his money. Give me money, he will say, and I am saved...He would die with nothing to reproach himself with, and under the impression that if only he had had the money he might really have lived and might even have achieved something great. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
528:Do you know of any more overwhelming and humbling expression for God's condescension and extravagance towards us human beings than that He places Himself, so to say, on the same level of choice with the world, just so that we may be able to choose; that God, if language dare speak thus, woos humankind - that He, the eternally strong one, woos sapless humanity? Yet, how insignificant is the young lover's choice between her pursuers by comparison with this choice between God and the world. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
529:There are three stages in life: the Aesthetic, the Ethical, the Religious….The Aesthetic is the stage of unmediatedness, the Ethical is responsibility…[and] the Religious is fulfillment, but note well, not the sort of ‘fulfillment’ as when one fills up an offering plate or a sack with gold coins, for repentance has instead created an unlimited space, and with it the religious contradiction: to float upon 70,000 fathoms of water and yet feel happy.”   --Soren Kierkegaard, Stages on Life’s Way ~ Thom Satterlee,
530:It is (to describe it figuratively) as if an author were to make a slip of the pen, and as if this clerical error became conscious of being such. Perhaps this was no error but in a far higher sense was an essential part of the whole exposition. It is, then, as if this clerical error were to revolt against the author, out of hatred for him, were to forbid him to correct it, and were to say, "No, I will not be erased, I will stand as a witness against thee, that thou art a very poor writer." ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
531:And this is the simple truth - that to live is to feel oneself lost. He who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground. Instinctively, as do the shipwrecked, he will look around for something to which to cling, and that tragic, ruthless glance, absolutely sincere, because it is a question of his salvation, will cause him to bring order into the chaos of his life. These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
532:To defend something is always to discredit it. Let a man have a warehouse full of gold, let him be willing to give away a ducat to every one of the poor - but let him also be stupid enough to begin this charitable undertaking of his with a defense in which he offers three good reasons in justification; and it will almost come to the point of people finding it doubtful whether indeed he is doing something good. But now for Christianity. Yes, the person who defends that has never believed in it. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
533:Every human being is tried this way in the active service of expectancy. Now comes the fulfillment and relieves him, but soon he is again placed on reconnaissance for expectancy; then he is again relieved, but as long as there is any future for him, he has not yet finished his service. And while human life goes on this way in very diverse expectancy, expecting very different things according to different times and occasions and in different frames of mind, all life is again one nightwatch of expectancy. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
534:Faith is precisely the paradox that the single individual as the single individual is higher than the universal, is justified before it, not as inferior to it but superior - yet in such a way, please note, that it is the single individual who, after being subordinate as the single individual to the universal, now by means of the universal becomes the single individual who as the single individual is superior, that the single individual as the single individual stands in an absolute relation to the absolute. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
535:The individual (no matter how well-meaning he might be, no matter how much strength he might have, if only he would use it) does not have the passion to rip himself away from either the coils of Reflection or the seductive ambiguities of Reflection; nor do the surroundings and times have any events or passions, but rather provide a negative setting of a habit of reflection, which plays with some illusory project only to betray him in the end with a way out: it shows him that the most clever thing to do is nothing at all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
536:Christ was crucified because he would have nothing to do with the crowd (even though he addressed himself to all). He did not want to form a party, an interest group, a mass movement, but wanted to be what he was, the truth, which is related to the single individual. Therefore everyone who will genuinely serve the truth is by that very fact a martyr. To win a crowd is no art; for that only untruth is needed, nonsense, and a little knowledge of human passions. But no witness to the truth dares to get involved with the crowd. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
537:If someone who wanted to learn to dance were to say: For centuries, one generation after the other has learned the positions, and it is high time that I take advantage of this and promptly begin with the quadrille--people would presumably laugh a little at him, but in the world of spirit this is very plausible. What, then, is education? I believed it is the course the individual goes through in order to catch up with himself, and the person who will not go through this course is not much helped by being born in the most enlightened age. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
538:It is only all too easy to understand the requirements contained in God's Word ('Give all your goods to the poor.' 'If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the left.' 'If anyone takes your coat, let him have your cloak also. Rejoice always.' 'Count it sheer joy when you meet various temptations' etc.). The most ignorant, poor creature cannot honestly deny being able to understand God's requirements. But it is tough on the flesh to will to understand it and to then act accordingly. It is not a question of interpretation, but action. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
539:The ever increasing intensity of despair depends upon the degree of consciousness or is proportionate to this increase: the greater the degree of consciousness, the more intensive the despair. This is everywhere apparent, most clearly in despair at its maximum and minimum. The devil's despair is the most intensive despair, for the devil is sheer spirit and hence unqualified consciousness and transparency; there is no obscurity in the devil that could serve as a mitigating excuse. Therefore, his despair is the most absolute defiance. . . . ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
540:Compared with the person who is conscious of his despair, the despairing individual who is ignorant of his despair is simply a negativity further away from the truth and deliverance. . . . Yet ignorance is so far from breaking the despair or changing despair to nondespairing that it can in fact be the most dangerous form of despair. . . . An individual is furthest from being conscious of himself as spirit when he is ignorant of being in despair. But precisely this-not to be conscious of oneself as spirit-is despair, which is spiritlessness. . . . ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
541:And then the spirit brings hope, hope in the strictest Christian sense, hope which is hoping against hope. For an immediate hope exists in every person; it may be more powerfully alive in one person than in another; but in death every hope of this kind dies and turns into hopelessness. Into this night of hopelessness (it is death that we are describing) comes the life-giving spirit and brings hope, the hope of eternity. It is against hope, for there was no longer any hope for that merely natural hope; this hope is therefore a hope contrary to hope. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
542:Soren Kierkegaard wrote that “only when the sense of association in society is no longer strong enough to give life to concrete realities is the Press able to create that abstraction ‘the Public,’ consisting of unreal individuals who never are and never can be united in an actual situation …”9 Under the influence of this notion, each of us begins to view himself as a representative of something more general. We bring this “representativeness” to our encounters with others. This flattens out relationships and makes them more abstract. Kierkegaard’s ~ Matthew B Crawford,
543:It is a wonderful thing to see a first-rate philosopher at prayer. Tough-minded thinking and tenderhearted reverence are friends, not enemies. We have for too long separated the head from the heart, and we are the lesser for it. We love God with the mind and we love God with the heart. In reality, we are descending with the mind into the heart and there standing before God in ceaseless wonder and endless praise. As the mind and the heart work in concert, a kind of loving rationality pervades all we say and do. This brings unity to us and glory to God. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
544:Do not interrupt the flight of your soul; do not distress what is best in you; do not enfeeble your spirit with half wishes and half thoughts. Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it - and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart's indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you - for only the truth that builds up is truth for you. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
545:You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are a strange fellow, one moment a child, the next an old man; one moment you are thinking most earnestly about the most important scholarly problems, how you will devote your life to them, and the next you are a lovesick fool. But you are a long way from marriage. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
546:How could it occur to anyone to demonstrate that God exists unless one has already allowed Himself to ignore Him? A king's existence is demonstrated by way of subjection and submissiveness. Do you want to try and demonstrate that the king exists? Will you do so by offering a string of proofs, a series of arguments? No. If you are serious, you will demonstrate the king's existence by your submission, by the way you live. And so it is with demonstrating God's existence. It is accomplished not by proofs but by worship. Any other way is but a thinker's pious bungling. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
547:He made the arrangements, the summer passed, and he went to Berlin to study. When he returned at the end of his year, he brought back a new blend: the methods of German phenomenology, mixed with ideas from the earlier Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and others, set off with the distinctively French seasoning of his own literary sensibility. He applied phenomenology to people’s lives in a more exciting, personal way than its inventors had ever thought to do, and thus made himself the founding father of a philosophy that became international in impact, but remained Parisian in flavour: modern existentialism. The ~ Sarah Bakewell,
548:To live only in the unconditional, to breathe only the unconditional – the human being cannot do this; he perishes like a fish that must live in the air. But on the other hand a human being cannot in the deeper sense live without relating himself to the unconditional; he expires, that is, perhaps goes on living, but spiritlessly. Thus the single individual must personally relate himself to the unconditional. I believed, and do believe, that this is Christianity and love for “the neighbor.” ~ The Point of View On My Work As An Author by Soren Kierkegaard (finished 1848) published by Peter Christian Kierkegaard 1859 translated by Howard and Edna Hong 1998 Princeton University Press P. 19-20,
549:The Christian God is spirit and Christianity is spirit, and there is discord between the flesh and the spirit but the flesh is not the sensuous-it is the selfish. In this sense, even the spiritual can become sensuous-for example, if a person took his spiritual gifts in vain, he would then be carnal. And of course I know that it is not necessary for the Christian that Christ must have been physically beautiful; and it would be grievous-for a reason different from the one you give-because if beauty were some essential, how the believer would long to see him; but from all this it by no means follows that the sensuous is annihilated in Christianity. ~ Soren Kierkegaard Either/Or Part II (1843) as translated by Hong, p. 50,
550:Hume’s purported fideism had serious impact on some religious thinkers. One of these, the German philosopher J. G. Hamann, decided that Hume, intentionally or not, was the greatest voice of religious orthodoxy—for insisting that there was no rational basis for religious belief, and that there was no rational evidence for Christianity. When the Dialogues appeared, Hamann became quite excited; he translated the first and last dialogues into German so that Immanuel Kant might read them and become a serious Christian. Hamann’s use of Hume as the voice of orthodoxy led the great Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard to become the most important advocate of fideistic Christianity in the nineteenth century. So, although most of Hume’s influence has been in creating doubts and leading thinkers to question accepted religious views, he also played an important role in the development of fideistic orthodoxy, culminating in Kierkegaard’s views. ~ David Hume,
551:Nevertheless, the idea is deeply embedded in American Protestantism that the clergy go to seminary in order to become theologians. I recall, for example, giving a lecture at a seminary a while ago in which I made a remark which particularly agitated the Dean of the seminary, and he said to me, 'No responsible theologian would say what you just said!' That seemed to me reassuring news. A few days later I received a letter from someone who had been present at this exchange. The letter declared that the Dean had been mistaken and that in fact Soren Kierkegaard had written in his journals somewhere the substance of what I had said. I reported this comforting and distinguished citation to the Dean, who without hesitation announced: 'Oh, Kierkegaard is not a responsible theologian.' How could he be? He was no seminary professor. How could he know much about the mystery of God's presence in the world? Kierkegaard, after all, was only in the world - where God is - not in the seminary - where the theologians are! ~ William Stringfellow,
552:There are any number of reasons to want novels to survive. The way [Jonathan] Franzen thinks about it is that books can do things, socially useful things, that other media can't. He cites -- as one does -- the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and his idea of busyness: that state of constant distraction that allows people to avoid difficult realities and maintain self-deceptions. With the help of cell phones, e-mail and handheld games, it's easier to stay busy, in the Kierkegaardian sense, than it's ever been.

Reading, in its quietness and sustained concentration, is the opposite of busyness. "We are so distracted by and engulfed by the technologies we've created, and by the constant barrage of so-called information that comes our way, that more than ever to immerse yourself in an involving book seems socially useful," Franzen says. "The place of stillness that you have to go to to write, but also to read seriously, is the point where you can actually make responsible decisions, where you can actually engage productively with an otherwise scary and unmanageable world. ~ Lev Grossman,
553:If everything is assumed to be in order with regard to the Holy Scriptures-what then? Has the person who did not believe come a single step closer to faith? No, not a single step. Faith does not result from straightforward scholarly deliberation, nor does it come directly; on the contrary, in this objectivity one loses that infinite, personal, impassioned interestedness, which is the condition of faith, the everywhere and nowhere in which faith can come into existence. Has the person who did believe gained anything with regard to the power and strength of faith? No, not in the least; in this prolix knowledge, in this certainty that lurks at faith’s door and craves for it, he is rather in such a precarious position that much effort, much fear and trembling will be needed lest he fall into temptation and confuse knowledge with faith. Whereas up to now faith has been a beneficial taskmaster in uncertainty, but it would be its worst enemy in this certainty. If passion is taken away, faith no longer exists, and certainty and passion do not hitch up as a team. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments (1846) as translated by Hong, p. 29,
554:Some of us, understandably, do not wish to hear even this message of hope and personal growth. We wish to have our old world, our former assumptions and stratagems, reinstituted as quickly as possible. We are desperate to hear: “Yes, your marriage can be restored to its pristine assumptions; yes, your depression can be magically removed without understanding why it has come; yes, your old values and preferences still work.” This understandable desire for what is called “the regressive restoration of the persona” merely papers over the growing crevice within, and off we go in search of another palliative treatment, or another less demanding view of our difficulties. It is quite natural to cling to the known world and fear the unknown. We all do—even as that crevice between the false self and the natural self grows ever greater within, and the old attitudes more and more ineffectual. Most of us live our lives backing into our future, making the choices of each new moment from the data and agenda of the old—and then we wonder why repetitive patterns turn up in our lives. Our dilemma was best described in the nineteenth century by the Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard when he noted in his journal the paradox that life must be remembered backward but lived forward. Is it not self-deluding, then, to keep doing the same thing but expecting different results? For those willing to stand in the heat of this transformational fire, the second half of life provides a shot at getting themselves back again. They might still fondly gaze at the old world, but they risk engaging a larger world, one more complex, less safe, more challenging, the one that is already irresistibly hurtling toward them. ~ James Hollis,
555:Yet it is the Outsider’s belief that life aims at more life, at higher forms of life, something for which the Superman is an inexact poetic symbol (as Dante’s description of the beatific vision is expressed in terms of a poetic symbol); so that, in a sense, Urizen is the most important of the three functions. The fall was necessary, as Hesse realized. Urizen must go forward alone.
The other two must follow him. And as soon as Urizen has gone forward, the Fall has taken place. Evolution towards God is impossible without a Fall. And it is only by this recognition that the poet can ever come to ‘praise in spite of; for if evil is ultimately discord, unresolvable, then the idea of dennoch preisen is a self-contradiction. And yet it must be clearly recognized and underlined that this is not the Hegelian ‘God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world’. Even if the evil is necessary, it remains evil, discord, pain. It remains an Existential fact, not something that proves to be
something else when you hold it in the right light. It is as if there were two opposing armies:
the Hegelian view holds that peace can be secured by proving that there is really no ground for
opposition; in short, they are really friends. The Blakeian view says that the discord is necessary,
but it can never be resolved until one army has. completely exterminated the other. This is the
Existential view, first expressed by Soren Kierkegaard, the Outsider’s view and, incidentally,
the religious view. The whole difference between the Existentialist and the Hegelian viewpoint
is implicit in the comparison between the title of Hegel’s book, The Philosophy of History, and James Joyce’s phrase, ‘History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake’ Blake provided the Existentialist view with a symbolism and mythology. In Blake’s view, harmony is an ultimate aim, but not the primary aim, of life; the primary aim is to live more abundantly at any cost. Harmony can come later. ~ Colin Wilson,
556:reading :::
   50 Philosophy Classics: List of Books Covered:
   1. Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition (1958)
   2. Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics (4th century BC)
   3. AJ Ayer - Language, Truth and Logic (1936)
   4. Julian Baggini - The Ego Trick (2011)
   5. Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra and Simulation (1981)
   6. Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex (1952)
   7. Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)
   8. Henri Bergson - Creative Evolution (1911)
   9. David Bohm - Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980)
   10. Noam Chomsky - Understanding Power (2002)
   11. Cicero - On Duties (44 BC)
   12. Confucius - Analects (5th century BC)
   13. Rene Descartes - Meditations (1641)
   14. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Fate (1860)
   15. Epicurus - Letters (3rd century BC)
   16. Michel Foucault - The Order of Things (1966)
   17. Harry Frankfurt - On Bullshit (2005)
   18. Sam Harris - Free Will (2012)
   19. GWF Hegel - Phenomenology of Spirit (1803)
   20. Martin Heidegger - Being and Time (1927)
   21. Heraclitus - Fragments (6th century)
   22. David Hume - An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)
   23. William James - Pragmatism (1904)
   24. Daniel Kahneman - Thinking: Fast and Slow (2011)
   25. Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason (1781)
   26. Soren Kierkegaard - Fear and Trembling (1843)
   27. Saul Kripke - Naming and Necessity (1972)
   28. Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
   29. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - Theodicy (1710)
   30. John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
   31. Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the Massage (1967)
   32. Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince (1532)
   33. John Stuart Mill - On Liberty (1859)
   34. Michel de Montaigne - Essays (1580)
   35. Iris Murdoch - The Sovereignty of Good (1970)
   36. Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
   37. Blaise Pascal - Pensees (1670)
   38. Plato - The Republic (4th century BC)
   39. Karl Popper - The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934)
   40. John Rawls - A Theory of Justice (1971)
   41. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract (1762)
   42. Bertrand Russell - The Conquest of Happiness (1920)
   43. Michael Sandel - Justice (2009)
   44. Jean Paul Sartre - Being and Nothingness (1943)
   45. Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation (1818)
   46. Peter Singer - The Life You Can Save (2009)
   47. Baruch Spinoza - Ethics (1677)
   48. Nassim Nicholas - Taleb The Black Swan (2007)
   49. Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (1953)
   50. Slavoj Zizek - Living In The End Times (2010)
   ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Philosophy Classics,

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1. Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard ::: (Danish philosopher who is generally considered. along with Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism (1813-1855))


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Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher
     => scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student
       => intellectual, intellect
         => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
           => organism, being
             => living thing, animate thing
               => whole, unit
                 => object, physical object
                   => physical entity
                     => entity
           => causal agent, cause, causal agency
             => physical entity
               => entity


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Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   INSTANCE OF=> philosopher




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  -> philosopher
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   => Cynic
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   => pluralist
   => pre-Socratic
   => realist
   => Scholastic
   => Sophist
   => Stoic
   => transcendentalist
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