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

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

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

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

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

Be that self which one truly is.

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.

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 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.

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

Love is all it gives all and it takes all.

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

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.

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.

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.

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.

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