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

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

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

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

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.

That is the road we all have to take - over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.

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.

There is no remembrance more blessed, and nothing more blessed to remember, than suffering overcome in solidarity with God; this is the mystery of suffering.

To work for a living certainly cannot be the meaning of life, since it is indeed a contradiction that the continual production of the conditions is supposed to be the answer to the question of the meaning of that which is conditional upon their production.

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually toward the horizon.

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

Not God, but you, the maker of the confession, get to know something by your act of confession. Much that you are able to keep hidden in the dark, you first get to know by your opening it to the knowledge of the all-knowing.

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

That which is truly human no generation learns from the one before it. No generation learns from another how to love. No generation has a shorter task assigned to it except insofar as the previous generation shirked its task and deluded itself.

The pleasure is disappointing, the possibilities, Never!

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

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.

When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ''It is talking to me, and about me.''

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.

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

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.

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

The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily. No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.

There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow.

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First Name
Søren
Last Name
Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Birth Date
1813
Death Date
1855
Bio

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