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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 can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
7:To dare is to lose ones footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
8:Every man has in himself the most dangerous traitor of all. ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love, [T5],
9:The only intelligent tactical response to life's horror is to laugh defiantly at it
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
10:It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
11:What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears?
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
12:The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
13:There's nothing more fragrant, more sparkling, more intoxicating than the infinity of possibilities
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
14:God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
15:The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
16:The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, The Journals of Kierkegaard,
17: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,
18: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,
19: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,
20: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,
21: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,
22:... 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,
23: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,
24: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,
25: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,
26: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,
27: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:—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.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
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.
   ~ Soren Kierkegaard, [T5],
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

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The noun soren kierkegaard has 1 sense (no senses from tagged texts)
              
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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Sense 1
Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
  -> philosopher
   => nativist
   => Cynic
   => eclectic, eclecticist
   => empiricist
   => epistemologist
   => esthetician, aesthetician
   => ethicist, ethician
   => existentialist, existentialist philosopher, existential philosopher
   => gymnosophist
   => libertarian
   => mechanist
   => moralist
   => naturalist
   => necessitarian
   => nominalist
   => pluralist
   => pre-Socratic
   => realist
   => Scholastic
   => Sophist
   => Stoic
   => transcendentalist
   => yogi
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximander
   HAS INSTANCE=> Anaximenes
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Aristotle
   HAS INSTANCE=> Averroes, ibn-Roshd, Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Epictetus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Epicurus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hartley, David Hartley
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Herder, Johann Gottfried von Herder
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Hume, David Hume
   HAS INSTANCE=> Husserl, Edmund Husserl
   HAS INSTANCE=> Hypatia
   HAS INSTANCE=> James, William James
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kant, Immanuel Kant
   HAS INSTANCE=> Kierkegaard, Soren Kierkegaard, Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lao-tzu, Lao-tse, Lao-zi
   HAS INSTANCE=> Leibniz, Leibnitz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
   HAS INSTANCE=> Locke, John Locke
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Lully, Raymond Lully, Ramon Lully
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mach, Ernst Mach
   HAS INSTANCE=> Machiavelli, Niccolo Machiavelli
   HAS INSTANCE=> Maimonides, Moses Maimonides, Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
   HAS INSTANCE=> Malebranche, Nicolas de Malebranche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marcuse, Herbert Marcuse
   HAS INSTANCE=> Marx, Karl Marx
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mead, George Herbert Mead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, John Mill, John Stuart Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Mill, James Mill
   HAS INSTANCE=> Montesquieu, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat
   HAS INSTANCE=> Moore, G. E. Moore, George Edward Moore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
   HAS INSTANCE=> Occam, William of Occam, Ockham, William of Ockham
   HAS INSTANCE=> Origen
   HAS INSTANCE=> Ortega y Gasset, Jose Ortega y Gasset
   HAS INSTANCE=> Parmenides
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pascal, Blaise Pascal
   HAS INSTANCE=> Peirce, Charles Peirce, Charles Sanders Peirce
   HAS INSTANCE=> Perry, Ralph Barton Perry
   HAS INSTANCE=> Plato
   HAS INSTANCE=> Plotinus
   => Popper, Karl Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
   HAS INSTANCE=> Pythagoras
   HAS INSTANCE=> Quine, W. V. Quine, Willard Van Orman Quine
   HAS INSTANCE=> Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
   HAS INSTANCE=> Reid, Thomas Reid
   HAS INSTANCE=> Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   HAS INSTANCE=> Russell, Bertrand Russell, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Earl Russell
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schopenhauer, Arthur Schopenhauer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Schweitzer, Albert Schweitzer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus Seneca
   HAS INSTANCE=> Socrates
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spencer, Herbert Spencer
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spengler, Oswald Spengler
   HAS INSTANCE=> Spinoza, de Spinoza, Baruch de Spinoza, Benedict de Spinoza
   HAS INSTANCE=> Steiner, Rudolf Steiner
   HAS INSTANCE=> Stewart, Dugald Stewart
   HAS INSTANCE=> Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Sir Rabindranath Tagore
   HAS INSTANCE=> Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   HAS INSTANCE=> Thales, Thales of Miletus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Theophrastus
   HAS INSTANCE=> Weil, Simone Weil
   HAS INSTANCE=> Whitehead, Alfred North Whitehead
   HAS INSTANCE=> Williams, Sir Bernard Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
   HAS INSTANCE=> Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein
   HAS INSTANCE=> Xenophanes
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Citium
   HAS INSTANCE=> Zeno, Zeno of Elea










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