Quotes by Soren Kierkegaard


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
– Soren Kierkegaard
At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Don't forget to love yourself.
– Soren Kierkegaard
During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile.
– 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
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
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
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
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
It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.
– Soren Kierkegaard
It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
– Soren Kierkegaard
It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
– Soren Kierkegaard
Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.
– 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
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
Once you label me you negate me.
– Soren Kierkegaard