Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion.

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

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

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.

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

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

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

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.

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.

Don't forget to love yourself.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Once you label me you negate me.

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