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

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.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

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.

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

Love does not alter the beloved it alters itself.

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

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.

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

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.

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.

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always she had to admit interesting.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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