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Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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Knowledge of the truth I may perhaps have attained to; happiness certainly not. What shall I do? Accomplish something in the world, men tell me. Shall I then publish my grief to the world, contribute one more proof for the wretchedness and misery of existence, perhaps discover a new flaw in human life, hitherto unnoticed? I might then reap the rare reward of becoming famous, like the man who discovered the spots on Jupiter. I prefer, however, to keep silent. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Genius never desires what does not exist. Soren Kierkegaard
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Faith is the highest passion in a man. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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How did I get into the world? Why was I not asked about it and why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought by a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? Why should I be involved? Isn't it a matter of choice? And if I am compelled to be involved, where is the manager-I have something to say about this. Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint? Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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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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The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. Soren Kierkegaard
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The Moral: As soon as it has come to the point that the crowd is to judge what is truth, it will not be long before decisions are made with fists. Soren Kierkegaard
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God in heaven surely knows best what is the highest that a person can aspire to and complete. Scripture only asks if you were a trustworthy servant. p. 148 Soren Kierkegaard
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What feelings, understanding and will a person has depends in the last resort upon what imagination he has - how he represents himself to himself, that is, upon imagination. Soren Kierkegaard
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In spiritual terms the human being does not arrive over the years and as a matter of course at anything. No idea could be more directly opposed to spirit. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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If you think you understand, it isn't God. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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It is human self-renunciation when a man denies himself and the world opens up to him. But it is Christian self-renunciation when he denies himself and, because the world precisely for this shuts itself up to him, he must as one thrust out by the world seek God's confidence. The double-danger lies precisely in meeting opposition there where he had expected to find support, and he has to turn about twice; whereas the merely human self-resignation turns once. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficultiesvanish. Soren Kierkegaard
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It's better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion Soren Kierkegaard
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...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
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I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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The door to happiness opens outward. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority. Soren Kierkegaard
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It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live. Soren Kierkegaard
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Once you are born in this world you're old enough to die. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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to have faith is precisely to lose one's mind so as to win God. Soren Kierkegaard
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Where there are two people, there is untruth. Soren Kierkegaard
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If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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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
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Preparation for becoming attentive to Christianity does not consist in reading many books ... but in fuller immersion in existence. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are. The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe. Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires. Soren Kierkegaard
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The minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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The most common form of despair is not being who you are. Soren Kierkegaard
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Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. Soren Kierkegaard
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Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. Soren Kierkegaard
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At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. Soren Kierkegaard
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In the Christianity of Christendom the Cross has become something like the child's hobby-horse and trumpet. Soren Kierkegaard
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What labels me, negates me. Soren Kierkegaard
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Nothing is as heady as the wine of possibility Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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Only the noble of heart are called to difficulty. Soren Kierkegaard
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The question is not "To be or not to be," it is what we should be until we are not. Soren Kierkegaard
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In my great melancholy, I loved life, for I love my melancholy. Soren Kierkegaard
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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
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What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost? Soren Kierkegaard
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...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
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The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. Soren Kierkegaard
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Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy - to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Therefore, whenever I see a fly settling, in the decisive moment, on the nose of such a person of affairs; or if he is spattered with mud from a carriage which drives past him in still greater haste; or the drawbridge opens up before him; or a tile falls down and knocks him dead, then I laugh heartily. Soren Kierkegaard
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The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. Soren Kierkegaard
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