Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Danish Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Social Critic and Religious Author interested in Human Psychology

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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.

What kind of power is it that dares intrude between me and my bride, the bride I myself have chosen and who has chosen me? And this power would command her to be true to me; does she then need to be so commanded? And is she to be true to me only because a third party commands it, one whom she therefore loves more than me?

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.

Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.

One should not think slightly of the paradoxical; for the paradox is the source of the thinker's passion, and the thinker without paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity.

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.

The important thing is not to be the first lover of a woman, but the last.

The unreflective person thinks and imagines that when he prays, the important thing, the thing he must concentrate upon, is that God should hear what he is praying for. And yet in the true, eternal sense it is just the reverse; the true relation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills.

To be free from the truth is indeed to be excluded, and to be excluded by oneself is indeed to be bound.

What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion.

It is the supreme paradox of thought to want to discover something she herself cannot think

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Danish Philosopher, Theologian, Poet, Social Critic and Religious Author interested in Human Psychology