Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Søren
Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
1813
1855

Danish Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Social Critic and Religious Author interested in Human Psychology

Author Quotes

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.

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.

Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation.

Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.

The disproportion in my build is that my forelegs are too short. Like the kangaroo, I have very short forelegs, and tremendously long hind legs. Ordinarily I sit quite still; but if I move, the tremendous leap that follows strikes terror in all to whom I am bound by the tender ties of kinship and friendship.

The shorter our allotted time is, the easier it perhaps is to decide to pray for one’s enemies.

There’s nothing more fragrant, more sparkling, more intoxicating than the infinity of possibilities

We lost more when we lost the passion when we got lost in his passion

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

It is not a gain that guilt should be wholly forgotten. On the contrary, it is loss and perdition. But it is a gain to win an inner intensity of heart through a deeper and deeper inner sorrowing over guilt.

Live to the point of tears.

Of all tyrannies democracy is the most agonizing, the most inane, the absolute fall of everything great and elevated.

Philosophy is life's dry-nurse, who can take care of us -- but not suckle us.

The enjoyment itself is not in the thing we enjoy, but the idea of ??it.

The truth can neither be communicated nor be received except as it were under God’s eyes, not without God’s help, not without God’s being involved as the middle term, He himself being the Truth.

This is the secret in the entire art of helping.

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

It is perhaps the misfortune of my life that I am interested in far too much but not decisively in any one thing; all my interests are not subordinated in one but stand on an equal footing.

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.

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.

Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.

The female nature is a drop in the form of resistance.

The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way

This is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness... they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal souls are blown away, and they are not disquieted by the question of its immortality, because they are already disintegrated before they die.

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First Name
Søren
Last Name
Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Birth Date
1813
Death Date
1855
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Danish Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Social Critic and Religious Author interested in Human Psychology