Soren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard


Author Profession: Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality
Born: May 05, 1813
Died: November 11, 1855
Birth Sign: Taurus


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

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

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

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

Don't forget to love yourself.

Once you label me you negate me.

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

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

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.

Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.

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

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

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 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.

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

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.

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

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