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

— 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.

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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.

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

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Soren Kierkegaard quote Above all do not forget your duty to lov

Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself.

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

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

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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

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Soren Kierkegaard quote Life is not a problem to be solved, but

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

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

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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.

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Once you label me you negate me.

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Soren Kierkegaard quote Boredom is the root of all evil - the de

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

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

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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.

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To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it.

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Soren Kierkegaard quote But he who cannot reveal himself cannot

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

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About Soren Kierkegaard

Quotes 469 sayings
Nationality Danish
Profession Philosopher
Birthday May 5, 1813

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.

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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.

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

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Soren Kierkegaard quote Our life always expresses the result of

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

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Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

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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.

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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.

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

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The question is not "To be or not to be," it is what we should be until we are not.

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

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Hope is passion for what is possible.

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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.

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The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

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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.

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Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?

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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.

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The more people who believe something, the more apt it is to be wrong.

The person who's right often has to stand alone.

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

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The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future.

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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.

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The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.

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

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Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair.

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Are you not aware that there comes a midnight hour when everyone must unmask...

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

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

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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.

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Confidence is the present tense of hope.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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