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Quote: May new sufferings torment your soul. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

May new sufferings torment your soul.




Quote: You wanted God's ideas about what was best for you to coincide with your ideas, but you also wanted him to be the almighty Creator of heaven and earth so that he could properly fulfill your wish. And yet, if he were to share your ideas, he would cease to be the almighty Father. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of Soren Kierkegaard quote; white text on black background

You wanted God's ideas about what was best for you to coincide with your ideas, but you also wanted him to be the almighty Creator of heaven and earth so that he could properly fulfill your wish. And yet, if he were to share your ideas, he would cease to be the almighty Father.


Quote: That is the road we all have to take -- over the Bridge of Sight into eternity. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

That is the road we all have to take -- over the Bridge of Sight into eternity.


Quote: In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. ... My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. ... My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.


Quote: The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.


Quote: Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven -- in the spring at the earth. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven -- in the spring at the earth.


Quote: Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.


Quote: The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of Soren Kierkegaard quote: The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.- black text on quotes background

The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.


Quote: The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.


Quote: I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it -- alas, not even the bliss of heaven. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it -- alas, not even the bliss of heaven.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than The Individual. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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


Quote: A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.


Quote: The thing that cowardice fears most is decision. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: This is the miracle of life: that each person who heeds him or herself knows what no scientist can ever know: who he or she is. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

This is the miracle of life: that each person who heeds him or herself knows what no scientist can ever know: who he or she is.


Quote: One should engage in all sorts of breadless arts. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

One should engage in all sorts of breadless arts.


Quote: What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost? by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost?


Quote: A 'no' does not hide anything, but a 'yes' very easily becomes a deception. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

A 'no' does not hide anything, but a 'yes' very easily becomes a deception.


Quote: Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.


Quote: For like a poisonous breath over the fields, like a mass of locusts over Egypt, so the swarm of excuses is a general plaque, a ruinous infection among men, that eats off the sprouts of the Eternal. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

For like a poisonous breath over the fields, like a mass of locusts over Egypt, so the swarm of excuses is a general plaque, a ruinous infection among men, that eats off the sprouts of the Eternal.




Quote: Take it and return it: the kiss of love. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Take it and return it: the kiss of love.


Quote: Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts.


Quote: Without risk, faith is an impossibility. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Without risk, faith is an impossibility.


Quote: Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.


Quote: Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.


Quote: The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.


Quote: There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.


Quote: Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.


Quote: The most common form of despair is not being who you are. by author Søren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.


Quote: If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. by author Søren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

If I could prescribe only one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence.


Quote: If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. by author Søren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.


Quote: I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.


Quote: At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.


Quote: During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

During the first period of our lives the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much. By not risking at first one turns aside and serves trivialities; in the second case, by risking too much, one turns aside to the fantastic and perhaps to presumption.


Quote: Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.


Quote: It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.


Quote: Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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.


Quote: Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.


Quote: Once you label me you negate me. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Once you label me you negate me.


Quote: The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.


Quote: Purity of heart is to will one thing. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Purity of heart is to will one thing.


Quote: Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.


Quote: Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.


Quote: People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.


Quote: It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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


Quote: One can advise comfortably from a safe port. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.


Quote: Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.


Quote: What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music.... And people flock around the poet and say: 'Sing again soon' -- that is, 'May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.


Quote: Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. by author Soren Kierkegaard overlaid on photo of photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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


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