Soren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on responsibility

Oh Luther, Luther; your responsibility is great indeed, for the closer I look the more clearly do I see that you overthrew the Pope - and set the public on the throne.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on facts and spirit

Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self or it is that (which accounts for it) that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but (consists in the fact) that the relation relates itself to its own self.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on bitterness, death, failure, and ideas

The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that the former expresses his idea most fully in death while the latter really enjoys the bitterness of failure.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on cleverness, philosophy, stupidity, understanding, and unity

I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: PREFACES

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on death, life, suicide, and thought

Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so long and so carefully that he literally chokes with thought. It is even questionable whether he ought to be called a suicide, since it is really thought which takes his life. He does not die with deliberation but from deliberation.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on home, life, love, meetings, and time

No time of life is so beautiful as the early days of love, when with every meeting, every glance, one fetches something new home to rejoice over.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on christianity, existence, facts, faith, god, paradox, relationships, and truth

The paradox in Christian truth is invariably due to the fact that it is the truth that exists for God. The standard of measure and the end is superhuman; and there is only one relationship possible: faith.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE JOURNALS

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on genius

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Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Source: THE JOURNALS

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on accidents, conformity, generations, genius, life, majorities, men, mind, personality, personality, thought, work, and world

The case with most men is that they go out into life with one or another accidental characteristic of personality of which they say: Well, this is the way I am. I cannot do otherwise. Then the world gets to work on them and thus the majority of men are ground into conformity. In each generation a small part cling to their "I cannot do otherwise" and lose their minds. Finally there are a very few in each generation who in spite of all life's terrors cling with more and more inwardness to this "I cannot do otherwise". They are the geniuses. Their "I cannot do otherwise" is an infinite thought, for if one were to cling firmly to a finite thought, he would lose his mind.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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