Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on danger, life, and risk

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has really been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on change and facts

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

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on despair, good, listening, and weakness

To despair over one's sins indicates that sin has become or wants to be internally consistent. It wants nothing to do with the good, does not want to be so weak as to listen occasionally to other talk. No, it insists on listening only to itself, on having dealings only with itself; it closes itself up within itself, indeed, locks itself inside one more inclosure, and protects itself against every attack or pursuit by the good by despairing over sin.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE SICKNESS UNTO DEATH 1849

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on courage and religion

It takes moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE JOURNALS

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on truth

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The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on conflict, desires, good, majorities, truth, and world

The truth must essentially be regarded as in conflict with this world; the world has never been so good, and will never become so good that the majority will desire the truth.

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on genius, kindness, and reflection

There are two kinds of geniuses. The characteristic of the one is roaring, but the lightning is meagre and rarely strikes; the other kind is characterized by reflection by which it constrains itself or restrains the roaring. But the lightning is all the more intense; with the speed and sureness of lightning it hits the selected particular points - and is fatal.

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on discrimination, facts, god, and understanding

The absurd . . . the fact that with God all things are possible. The absurd is not one of the factors which can be discriminated within the proper compass of the understanding: it is not identical with the improbable, the unexpected, the unforeseen.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on anxiety, judgment, and readiness

No grand inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as has anxiety and no spy knows how to attack more artfully the man he suspects, choosing the instant when he is weakest; nor knows how to lay traps where he will be caught and ensnared as anxiety knows how, and no sharp-witted judge knows how to interrogate, to examine the accused, as anxiety does, which never lets him escape...

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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

People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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