Soren Kierkegaard quotes

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

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

 quotes - Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Share

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

 quotes - Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. Share

“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— 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.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

“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

“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

“Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Don't forget to love yourself.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Once you label me you negate me.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“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.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

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

— Soren Kierkegaard

“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.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“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.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Be that self which one truly is.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.”

— 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.”

— Soren Kierkegaard

“Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.”

— Soren Kierkegaard