Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on the truth

In order to swim one takes off all one's clothes--in order to aspire to the truth one must undress in a far more inward sense, divest oneself of all one's inward clothes, of thoughts, conceptions, selfishness etc., before one is sufficiently naked.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on bible, christianity, religiosity, religious scholarship, new testament, and responsibility

The matter is quite simple.  The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers.  We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly.  Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly.  My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined.  Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship.  Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close.  Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God.  Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on possibility, success, potential, and possible

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 disappointments, possibility never.  And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant,  what so intoxicating as possibility!

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Soren Kierkegaard on philosophy and freedom

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: Søren Kierkegaard

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on danger, eternity, god, and possibility

It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on anxiety, bitterness, boredom, christianity, day, eternity, knowledge, learning, life, people, and teachers

To live thus - to cram today with eternity and not wait the next day - the Christian has learnt and continues to learn (for the Christian is always learning) from the Pattern. How did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day - He who from the first instant of His public life, when He stepped forward as a teacher, knew how His life would end, that the next day was His crucifixion; knew this while the people exultantly hailed Him as King (ah, bitter knowledge to have at precisely that moment!); knew, when they were crying, Hosanna!, at His entry into Jerusalem, that they would cry, "Crucify Him!", and that it was to this end that He made His entry. He who bore every day the prodigious weight of this superhuman knowledge - how did He manage to live without anxiety for the next day?

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: Christian Discourses

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christ, christianity, feeling, heart, kindness, life, love, nature, and work

To the Christian, love is the works of love. To say that love is a feeling or anything of the kind is an unchristian conception of love. That is the aesthetic definition and therefore fits the erotic and everything of that nature. But to the Christian love is the works of love. Christ's love was not an inner feeling, a full heart and what not, it was the work of love which was his life.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE JOURNALS

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on existence, knowledge, and relationships

All essential knowledge relates to existence, or only such knowledge as has an essential relationship to existence is essential knowledge.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on awareness and christianity

Christendom has done away with Christianity without being quite aware of it.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on life and understanding

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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