Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

54 Soren Kierkegaard quotes:

"To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity"
"Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate."
"It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox."
"Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair."
"Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness."
"Philosophy is life's dry-nurse, who can take care of us -- but not suckle us."
"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."
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"Be that self which one truly is."
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"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."
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"People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me."
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"God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners."
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"A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him."
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"It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite."
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"The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever"
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"Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment."
"I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this."
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"The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing -- and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality."
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"How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech."
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