Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

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.

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 forgiveness, justice, order, and work

And if something should be found, particularly in the first part of the dissertation, that one is generally not accustomed to come across in scholarly writings, the reader must forgive my jocundity, just as I, in order to lighten the burden, sometimes sing at my work.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE CONCEPT OF IRONY 1844

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on change, god, individuality, life, sensuality, spirit, spirituality, and superiority

Spiritual superiority only sees the individual. But alas, ordinarily we human beings are sensual and, therefore, as soon as it is a gathering, the impression changes-we see something abstract, the crowd, and we become different. But in the eyes of God, the infinite spirit, all the millions that have lived and now live do not make a crowd, He only sees each individual.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE JOURNALS

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on genius, talent, and time

Talent warms-up the given (as they say in cookery) and makes it apparent; genius brings something new. But our time lets talent pass for genius. They want to abolish the genius, deify the genius, and let talent forge ahead.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christ, christianity, jesus, life, truth, and world

In the New Testament the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, represents the situation thus: The way that leads to life is straight, the gate narrow-few be they who find it!-now, on the contrary, to speak only of Denmark, we are all Christians, the way is as broad as it possibly can be, the broadest in Denmark, since it is the way in which we all are walking, besides being in all respects as convenient, as comfortable, as possible; and the gate is as wide as it possibly can be, wider surely a gate cannot be than that through which we all are going en masse. . . . Ergo the New Testament is no longer truth.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE MOMENT

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