Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

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Born: 1813-05-05, Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth Country: Denmark
Died: Copenhagen, Denmark, 1855-11-11

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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

2.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

3.
Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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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

5.
Don't forget to love yourself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

6.
Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

8.
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

9.
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

10.
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

11.
If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

12.
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

13.
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

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Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

15.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
- Soren Kierkegaard

16.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
- Soren Kierkegaard

17.
Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

18.
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
- Soren Kierkegaard

19.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

20.
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

21.
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

22.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
- Soren Kierkegaard

23.
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
- Soren Kierkegaard

24.
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

25.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
- Soren Kierkegaard

26.
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
- Soren Kierkegaard

27.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

28.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
- Soren Kierkegaard

29.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

30.
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

31.
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

32.
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

33.
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

34.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
- Soren Kierkegaard

35.
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

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