Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on anxiety and freedom

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on relationships

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on individuality

Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual."

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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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.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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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.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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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.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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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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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christianity and guilt

The essentially Christian is certainly the highest and the supremely highest, but, mark well, in such a way that to the natural man it is an offense. Anyone who, in defining the essentially Christian as the highest, omits the middle term of offense sins against it, is guilty of presumptuousness. . . . The way to the essentially Christian goes through offense. This does not mean that the approach to the essentially Christian should be to be offended by it-this would indeed be another way of preventing oneself from grasping the essentially Christian-but the offense guards the approach to the essentially Christian. Blessed is he who is not offended at it.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: WORKS OF LOVE 1847

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