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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

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

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

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

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

It's better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion Soren Kierkegaard

...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

I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

Faith is the highest passion in a man. Soren Kierkegaard

The door to happiness opens outward. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

If you think you understand, it isn't God. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius never desires what does not exist. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once you are born in this world you're old enough to die. Soren Kierkegaard

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

Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household. One keeps this anxiety at a distance by looking at the many round about who are related to him as kin and friends, but the anxiety is still there, nevertheless, and one hardly dares think of how he would feel if all this were taken away. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

Irony limits, finitizes, and circumscribes and thereby yields truth, actuality, content; it disciplines and punishes and thereby yields balance and consistency. Soren Kierkegaard

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

I have attacked no one as not being a Christian, I have condemned no one. Soren Kierkegaard

I have never fought in such a way as to say: I am the true Christian, others are not Christians. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

The question is asked in ignorance, by one who does not even know what can have led him to ask it. Soren Kierkegaard

The tyrant dies and his rule is over; the martyr dies and his rule begins. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

Worldly wisdom thinks that love is a relationship between man and man. Christianity teachers that love is a relationship between: man-God-man, that is, that God is the middle term. However beautiful the love-relationship has been between two or more people, however complete all their enjoyment and all their bliss in mutual devotion and affection have been for them, even if all men have praised their relationship - if God and the relationship to God have been left out, then, Christianly understood, this has not been love but a mutual and enchanting illusion of love. Soren Kierkegaard

Only one human being recognized as one's neighbour is necessary in order to cure a man of self-love - if in this human being he loves his neighbour. Soren Kierkegaard

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

Christianity demands the crucifixion of the intellect. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain 'importance' - I can think of nothing more ridiculous. Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

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

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

Only the noble of heart are called to difficulty. Soren Kierkegaard

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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