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

What does love loves? Infinity. What does love fear? Limits

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.

It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived /forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward-looking position.

Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

Once you label me, you negate me.

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

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

The truth is a trap: you cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you.

Thoughts invite us, more than words and deeds, to continue in sin, for thoughts can be concealed, while words and deeds cannot.

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.

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

Love is found only in freedom, and only it there for recreation and fun forever

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.

Seek first God's Kingdom, that is, become like the lilies and the birds, become perfectly silent — then shall the rest be added unto you.

The helper must first humble himself under the person he wants to help and thereby understand that to help is not to dominate but to serve, that to help is a not to be the most dominating but the most patient, that to help is a willingness for the time being to put up with being in the wrong and not understanding what the other understands.

The Two Ways: One is to suffer; the other is to become a professor of the fact that another suffered.

To be a teacher does not mean simply to affirm that such a thing is so, or to deliver a lecture, etc. No, to be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner, put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and the way he understands it.

What is a rebel? A man who says no.

It is so impossible for the world to exist without God that if God should forget it, it would immediately cease to be.

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

One must be very naïve to believe that it will do any good to cry out and shout in the world, as if that would change one’s fate. Better take things as they come, and make no fuss. When I was young and went into a restaurant, I would say to the waiter, A good cut, a very good cut, from the loin, and not too fat. Perhaps the waiter did not even hear me, to say nothing of paying any attention to my request, and still less was it likely that my voice should reach the kitchen and influence the cook, and even if it did, there was perhaps not a good cut on the entire roast. Now I never shout any more.

Sin is in itself separation from the good, but despair over sin is separation a second time.

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.

The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future.

To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.

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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