Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

Soren Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher (1813 - 1855)

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It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.

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

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Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

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Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

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Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

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If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much.

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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.

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A poet is an unhappy being whose heart it torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say. "May new sufferings torment your soul."

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And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.

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The most painful state of living is remembering the future.

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

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

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

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

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

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Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

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