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quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Our age is essentially one of understanding and reflection, without passion, momentarily bursting into enthusiasm and shrewdly relapsing into repose.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Most people believe that the Christian commandments are intentionally a little too severe. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Most people believe that the Christian commandments are intentionally a little too severe.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Only one deception is possible in the infinite sense, self-deception.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: There is one thing that all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise -- an undivided will. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

There is one thing that all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise -- an undivided will.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: My scholarly expectation is then that I may succeed in becoming clever in philosophy in spite of my stupidity. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

My scholarly expectation is then that I may succeed in becoming clever in philosophy in spite of my stupidity.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Geniuses are like thunderstorms: they go against the wind, terrify people, clear the air. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Geniuses are like thunderstorms: they go against the wind, terrify people, clear the air.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: May new sufferings torment your soul. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

May new sufferings torment your soul.

--Soren Kierkegaard



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

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven -- in the spring at the earth. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard


quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than The Individual. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: The thing that cowardice fears most is decision. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard


quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: One should engage in all sorts of breadless arts. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

One should engage in all sorts of breadless arts.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: What is existence for but to be laughed at if men in their twenties have already attained the utmost? with background image: 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?

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

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Take it and return it: the kiss of love. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Take it and return it: the kiss of love.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Without risk, faith is an impossibility. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Without risk, faith is an impossibility.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Hope is passion for what is possible. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Hope is passion for what is possible.

--Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

I have only one confidant, and that is the silence of night.

--Soren Kierkegaard


quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Hope is a passion for the possible. with background image: photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

Hope is a passion for the possible.

--Søren Kierkegaard

Longer Version:

If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin. Even though the result may gladden the whole world, that cannot help the hero; for he knows the result only when the whole thing is over, and that is not how he became a hero, but by virtue of the fact that he began.


quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth. with background image: photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth.

--Søren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: The crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die. with background image: photo of author Søren Kierkegaard with quote

The crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.

--Søren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

Longer Version:

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 by Soren Kierkegaard: Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. with background image: brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
Background Photo: Leonardo Corral

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Once you label me you negate me. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Once you label me you negate me.

--Soren Kierkegaard

quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Purity of heart is to will one thing. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

--Soren Kierkegaard



quote by Soren Kierkegaard: It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: One can advise comfortably from a safe port. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: 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. with background image: 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.

--Soren Kierkegaard

Longer Version:

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 by Soren Kierkegaard: Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. with background image: water droplets on green leaf
Background Photo: Scott Webb

Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.

--Soren Kierkegaard
quote by Soren Kierkegaard: Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. with background image: photo of author Soren Kierkegaard with quote

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

--Soren Kierkegaard

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