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  1. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.


  2. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.


  3. Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.


  4. Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.




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


  6. Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.


  7. 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.


  8. Once you label me you negate me.


  9. People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.


  10. Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life.


  11. Geniuses are like thunderstorms. They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air.


  12. Purity of heart is to will one thing.


  13. Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

    • identity

  14. The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.


  15. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.


  16. Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.


  17. 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.


  18. During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.


  19. What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion.


  20. Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.


  21. Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.


  22. Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

    • life

  23. The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity.

    • thought

  24. Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.


  25. I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.


  26. It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.


  27. It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.


  28. 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.


  29. Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.


  30. 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.

    • being


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    Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself.


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    Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.


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    Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.


  4. Picture quote by Soren Kierkegaard about love

    But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love, and he who cannot love is the most unhappy of all.


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    Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.


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What are the best life quotes by Soren Kierkegaard?


    Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

    • life

    Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

    • experience

    During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

    • risk

    Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

    • life

    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.


    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.

    • life

    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.

    • life

    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.

    • life

    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.

    • life

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What are the best prayer quotes by Soren Kierkegaard?


    Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

    • religion

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

    • prayer

    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.

    • prayer

    It is a wonderful thing to see a first-rate philosopher at prayer. Tough-minded thinking and tenderhearted reverence are friends, not enemies. We have for too long separated the head from the heart, and we are the lesser for it. We love God with the mind and we love God with the heart. In reality, we are descending with the mind into the heart and there standing before God in ceaseless wonder and endless praise. As the mind and the heart work in concert, a kind of loving rationality pervades all we say and do. This brings unity to us and glory to God.

    • prayer

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What are the best love quotes by Soren Kierkegaard?


    Don't forget to love yourself.


    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.


    Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

    • love

    Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.

    • love

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What are the best death quotes by 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 appearances.


    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.

    • accompanied

    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.


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What are the best boredom quotes by Soren Kierkegaard?


    Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.

    • boredom

    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.

    • boredom

    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.

    • boredom

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The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.


Don't forget to love yourself.

  • forget

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.

  • boredom

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.




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


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.


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.


There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.


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.

  • accompanied

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important


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.


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


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.

  • death

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.


If mankind had not embedded itself, with the momentum of centuries and the passion of habit, in the id


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.


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.


To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.


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!


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.


Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so deliberately, that he kills himself with thinking -- one could barely call it suicide since it is thinking which takes his life. He does not kill himself with deliberation but rather kills himself because of deliberation.


It is a wonderful thing to see a first-rate philosopher at prayer. Tough-minded thinking and tenderhearted reverence are friends, not enemies. We have for too long separated the head from the heart, and we are the lesser for it. We love God with the mind and we love God with the heart. In reality, we are descending with the mind into the heart and there standing before God in ceaseless wonder and endless praise. As the mind and the heart work in concert, a kind of loving rationality pervades all we say and do. This brings unity to us and glory to God.

  • prayer

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.


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.

  • life

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.

  • life

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.


Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

  • love

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 wander whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.


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.


Be that self which one truly is.


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.


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.


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.

  • life

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.


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.

  • ideas

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.


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.

  • prayer

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


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.


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


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.

  • bad

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.

  • love

The individual (no matter how well-meaning he might be, no matter how much strength he might have, if only he would use it) does not have the passion to rip himself away from either the coils of Reflection or the seductive ambiguities of Reflection; nor do the surroundings and times have any events or passions, but rather provide a negative setting of a habit of reflection, which plays with some illusory project only to betray him in the end with a way out: it shows him that the most clever thing to do is nothing at all.


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.


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.

  • age

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.


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.


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.

  • reflection

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.


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.


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.

  • love

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.


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.

  • laziness

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.

  • boredom

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.

  • life

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.

  • people

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!


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.


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