Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on justice, life, paradox, and soul

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 . . . grandiose thoughts in embryo.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on anguish, heart, music, poets, and unhappiness

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.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: EITHER/OR VOL. 1 1843

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christianity and idealism

The only analogy I have before me is Socrates. My task is a Socratic task, to revise the definition of what it is to be a Christian. For my part I do not call myself a "Christian" (thus keeping the ideal free), but I am able to make it evident that the others are still less than I.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: Kierkegaard in Attack Upon "Christendom" (1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Be that self which one truly is.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on passion, pleasure, possibility, potential, power, wealth, and wishes

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential - for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on dreams, genius, pity, sleep, and time

I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on freedom, people, speech, and thought

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on fatherhood, genius, heroism, justice, poets, saints, women, and world

It is through woman that ideality is born into the world and - what were man without her! There is many a man who has become a genius through a woman, many a one a hero, many a one a poet, many a one even a saint; but he did not become a genius through the woman he married, for through her he only became a privy councillor; he did not become a hero through the woman he married, for through her he only became a general; he did not become a poet through the woman he married, for through her he only became a father; he did not become a saint through the woman he married, for he did not marry, and would have married but one - the one whom he did not marry; just as the others became a genius, became a hero, became a poet through the help of the woman they did not marry.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on experience, life, problems, and reality

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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