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Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

— Soren Kierkegaard



Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard 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.”

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


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Don’t forget to love yourself.”

Don’t forget to love yourself.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.”

The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The most common form of despair is not being who you are.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “It’s better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion.”

It’s better to get lost in the passion than to lose the passion.

— Soren Kierkegaard



Soren Kierkegaard 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.”

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.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Once you label me you negate me.”

Once you label me you negate me.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Do it or don’t do it – you will regret both.”

Do it or don’t do it – you will regret both.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.”

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Without risk, faith is an impossibility.”

Without risk, faith is an impossibility.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?”

Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Leap of faith – yes, but only after reflection.”

Leap of faith – yes, but only after reflection.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “I’m so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I’m misunderstood.”

I’m so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I’m misunderstood.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”

A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.

— Soren Kierkegaard



Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.”

For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing.”

God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Be that self which one truly is.”

Be that self which one truly is.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.”

The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes – but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others.”

Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes – but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard 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.”

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


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Confidence is the present tense of hope.”

Confidence is the present tense of hope.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Worship isn’t God’s show. God is the audience. God’s watching. The congregation, they are the actors in this drama. Worship is their show. And the minister is just reminding the people of their forgotten lines.”

Worship isn’t God’s show. God is the audience. God’s watching. The congregation, they are the actors in this drama. Worship is their show. And the minister is just reminding the people of their forgotten lines.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.”

The thing that cowardice fears most is decision.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.”

To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.”

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “To love another person is to help them love God.”

To love another person is to help them love God.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The door to happiness opens outward.”

The door to happiness opens outward.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard 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.”

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


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth.”

Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal.”

God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.”

Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God.”

Prayer is a silent surrendering of everything to God.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Love believes all things and yet is never deceived.”

Love believes all things and yet is never deceived.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Therefore do not deceive yourself! Of all deceivers fear most yourself!”

Therefore do not deceive yourself! Of all deceivers fear most yourself!

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.”

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

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.”

Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “Purity of heart is to will one thing.”

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “The highest of all is not to understand the highest but to act upon it.”

The highest of all is not to understand the highest but to act upon it.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.”

It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.

— Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard Quote: “I am convinced that God is love, this thought has for me a primitive lyrical validity. When it is present to me, I am unspeakably blissful, when it is absent, I long for it more vehemently than does the lover for his object.”

I am convinced that God is love, this thought has for me a primitive lyrical validity. When it is present to me, I am unspeakably blissful, when it is absent, I long for it more vehemently than does the lover for his object.

— Soren Kierkegaard

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