Best Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

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


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


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


The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.


Don’t forget to love yourself.


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.


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.


Be that self which one truly is.,


Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.


To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.


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


Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.


Once you label me you negate 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.


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

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The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.


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.


Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.


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.


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


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


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.


Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.


Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.


What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.


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.


Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.

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


Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.


At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.


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


Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.