Soren Kierkegaard Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old soren kierkegaard quotes, soren kierkegaard sayings, and soren kierkegaard proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.     

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Just as in the great moment of resignation one does not mediate but chooses, now the task is to gain proficiency in repeating the impassioned choice and, existing, to express it in existence.     

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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.     

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Dread is a sympathetic antipathy and an antipathetic sympathy.     

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Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy -- to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Therefore, whenever I see a fly settling, in the decisive moment, on the nose of such a person of affairs; or if he is spattered with mud from a carriage which drives past him in still greater haste; or the drawbridge opens up before him; or a tile falls down and knocks him dead, then I laugh heartily.     

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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.     

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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.     

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The conclusions of passion are the only reliable ones.     

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Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.     

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On the secretly blushing cheek is reflected the glow of the heart.     

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Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.     

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Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair.     

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The crowd, in fact, is composed of individuals; it must therefore be in every man's power to become what he is, an individual. From becoming an individual no one, no one at all, is excluded, except he who excludes himself by becoming a crowd.     

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Only the noble of heart are called to difficulty.     

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There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death.      

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There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death.     

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The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.     

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Once you label me you negate me.     

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The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.     

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Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.     

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

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

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The door to happiness opens outward.     

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

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What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion.     

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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.     

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