Soren Kierkegaard

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Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard

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.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and importantMore Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Spiritual superiority only sees the individual. But alas, ordinarily we human beings are sensual and, therefore, as soon as it is a gathering, the impression changes -- we see something abstract, the crowd, and we become different. But in the eyes of God, the infinite spirit, all the millions that have lived and now live do not make a crowd, He only sees each individual.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that whilst the former expresses his idea most fully in death it is the strange feeling of bitterness which comes from failure that the latter really enjoys; the former rejoices in his victory, the latter in his suffering.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion -- and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At one time my only wish was to be a police official. It seemed to me to be an occupation for my sleepless intriguing mind. I had the idea that there, among criminals, were people to fight: clever, vigorous, crafty fellows. Later I realized that it was good that I did not become one, for most police cases involve misery and wretchedness -- not crimes and scandals.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Once you label me you negate me.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Soren Kierkegaard [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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