Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on life, living, loneliness, reality, and self

And this is the simple truth - that to live is to feel oneself lost. He who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground. Instinctively, as do the shipwrecked, he will look around for something to which to cling, and that tragic, ruthless glance, absolutely sincere, because it is a question of his salvation, will cause him to bring order into the chaos of his life. These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on life, hidden, and discover

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on anti-clamicus, sickness unto death kierkegaard, loss, and self

The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. is bound to be noticed.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: Sickness Unto Death

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on existence and world

I stick my finger into existence.. it smells of nothing.
Where am I? Who am I? What is this thing called the world?
What does this word mean?

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on being yourself

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on life, schoolboys, cheat, copy, answers, learn for yourself, experience, and self-realization

There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on labels, names, and words

When you label me, you negate me.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on daring

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To dare is to lose your footing temporarily. To not dare is to lose your life.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on uberman, knights of faith, transform, leap, and world

Most people live dejectedly in worldly sorrow and joy; they are the ones who sit along the wall and do not join in the dance. The knights of infinity are dancers and possess elevation. They make the movements upward, and fall down again; and this too is no mean pastime, nor ungraceful to behold. But whenever they fall down they are not able at once to assume the posture, they vacillate an instant, and this vacillation shows that after all they are strangers in the world. This is more or less strikingly evident in proportion to the art they possess, but even the most artistic knights cannot altogether conceal this vacillation. One need not look at them when they are up in the air, but only the instant they touch or have touched the ground–then one recognizes them. But to be able to fall down in such a way that the same second it looks as if one were standing and walking, to transform the leap of life into a walk, absolutely to express the sublime in the pedestrian–that only the knight of faith can do–and this is the one and only prodigy.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: Fear and Trembling

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