Soren Kierkegaard quotes

Born
5 May 1813 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Died
11 November 1855.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology.

One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Once you label me you negate me.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
– Soren Kierkegaard
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Don’t forget to love yourself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
– 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
If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
– Soren Kierkegaard
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
– Soren Kierkegaard
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.
– Soren Kierkegaard
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
– 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.
– Soren Kierkegaard
During the first period of a man’s life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
– Soren Kierkegaard
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
– 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
At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
– 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
It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Be that self which one truly is.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.
– Soren Kierkegaard
People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
– Soren Kierkegaard