Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (/ˈsɔːrən ˈkɪərkᵻɡɑːrd/ or /ˈkɪərkᵻɡɔːr/; Danish: [sɶːɐn ˈkʰiɐ̯ɡ̊əɡ̊ɒːˀ]; 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, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time. Swedenborg, Hegel, Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all "understood" far too quic... More

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Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

Soren Kierkegaard #Age #Dreams

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Death

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Age

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Change #God #Religion

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Soren Kierkegaard #Change #God #Nature

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

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
Soren Kierkegaard #Death #Good #Great

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Experience #Life

Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard #Faith

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

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

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Soren Kierkegaard #God

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

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

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Soren Kierkegaard #Life

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Soren Kierkegaard #Life

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Soren Kierkegaard #Love

Don't forget to love yourself.
Soren Kierkegaard #Love

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
Soren Kierkegaard #Marriage

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

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Teacher

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
Soren Kierkegaard #Time

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.
Soren Kierkegaard #Truth

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