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 deepest sense, the being in a state of sin is the sin, the particular sins are not the continuation of sin, they are expressions of its continuation.

Knowledge of the truth I may perhaps have attained to; happiness, certainly not. What shall I do? Accomplish something in the world, men tell me. Shall I then publish my grief to the world, contribute one more proof for the wretchedness and misery of existence, perhaps discover a new flaw in human life, hitherto unnoticed? I might then reap the rare reward of becoming famous, like the man who discovered the spots on Jupiter. I prefer, however, to keep silent.

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle

Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.

That God lets himself be born and becomes a human being, is no idle whim, something that occurs to him so as to have something to do, perhaps to put a stop to the boredom that has brashly been said to be bound up with being God-it is not to have an adventure. No, the fact that God does this is the seriousness of existence. And the seriousness in this seriousness is, in turn, that each shall have an opinion about it.

The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing -- and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality.

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

To the frivolous, Christianity is certainly not glad tidings, for it wishes first of all to make them serious.

When two people fall in love one another, it is important to have the courage to break, because it has everything to lose by persisting and nothing to gain

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.

Author Picture
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