Soren Kierkegaard

(1813-1855 / Copenhagen)

Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

  • ''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 (1813-55), Danish philosopher. "Diapsalmata," vol. 1, Either/Or (1843, trans. 1987).
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  • ''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 (1813-55), Danish philosopher. "Diapsalmata," vol. 1, Either/Or (1843, trans. 1987).
  • ''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 (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. Either/Or, vol. 1, sct. 1 (1843, trans. 1987).
  • ''Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.''
    Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. Either/Or, vol. 1, "Diapsalmata," (1843, trans. 1987).
  • ''Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.''
    Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. "Epilogue," Fear and Trembling (1843, trans. 1985).
  • ''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 (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. "Rotation of Crops," Either/Or, vol. 1 (1843, trans. 1944).
  • ''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 (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Concept of Irony, introduction to pt. 1 (1841, trans. 1966).
  • ''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 (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Diary of Soren Keirkegaard, pt. 1, no. 26, 1847 entry, ed. Peter Rohde (1960).
  • ''Jurists say that a capital crime submerges all lesser crimes; and so it is with faith. Its absurdity makes all petty difficulties vanish.''
    Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish religious philosopher, and Johannes Climacus, father of existentialism. "The Disciple at Second Hand," ch. 5, p. 87, The Philosophical Fragments or A Fragment of Philosophy, Princeton University Press, Princeton (1946). Kierkegaard's evidence of the irrationality of religion.
  • ''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 (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Journals of Soren Kierkegaard: A Selection, no. 429, entry for 1842, ed. and trans. by Alexander Dru (1938).

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