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Søren Kierkegaard quotes

Soren Kierkegaard quotes
Soren Kierkegaard quotes

Søren Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first Existentialist philosopher. According to Existentialism, philosophical thinking begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a “single individual”, giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking, and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment.

Below is a list of Inspirational Søren Kierkegaard quotes. I would love to hear your thought’s on these quotes in the comments.

“It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I must find a truth that is true for me.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard quotes
Søren Kierkegaard quotes

“The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“What labels me, negates me.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.”
― Søren Kierkegaard quotes

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“It is impossible to exist without passion”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth — look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard quotes

“To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard quotes
Søren Kierkegaard quotes

“There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ – that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“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.”
― Søren Kierkegaard quotes

“Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”
― Søren Kierkegaard

15 thoughts on “Søren Kierkegaard quotes

  1. What wonderful quotes!

    “The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.”― Søren Kierkegaard

    Perhaps it goes unnoticed when one loses one’s self because the self is abstract and intangible – unlike an arm or lover, and never (in one’s right mind) is the loss of self instantaneous. It is gradual. The self does not take up a specific form or space, but rather exists with a nature of malleability. I see that “the greatest hazard of all” is being tossed into the world and becoming like the world, thus losing one’s self. I believe the pressures of being an acceptable member of society who does not act too far out of the norms has one to neglect or shadow the unique aspects of one’s self more often than not. It’s a pressure that many people give in to, and without it being noticed, tomorrow they are more like the idea of the common man/woman than the true self. It is a hazard that should be rebelled against every day of one’s life.

    This quote has me thinking about another more popular quote, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Wonderful post! 🙂 Have a good day.

  2. These are all such insightful and intelligent thoughts. Kierkegaard’s ability to combine the abstract and the human is clearly masterful; I need to read more by this man.

  3. “The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.” – damn I hate it when that happens! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and visiting my place.

  4. These are wonderful quotes. I think Kierkegaard would be quick to warn us, though, that he wrote essays to be read slowly, savored, and contemplated as a whole. He was not a fan of the epigram. All the same, if this post can bring even one person to go out and grab one of Captain Kierk’s books and read it slowly from start to finish, that would be a good thing. J.

  5. “The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” Damn, that’s a good one. Kierkegaard is by far my favorite philosopher.

  6. Love this one !
    “If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.”
    ― Søren Kierkegaard

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