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    Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: living 
     
    Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes-but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: people  oneself 
     
    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
    tags: beautiful  read 
     
    To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: time  loss  oneself  eternity 
     
    The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: eyes  believer  god  sinner 
     
    For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: risk  faith 
     
    The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: faith  teaching 
     
    Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: facts 
     
    Once you label me you negate me.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: live 
     
    Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: death  christ 
     
    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.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: christian  bible 
     
    Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: truth  people 
     
    Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion - and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion" while truth again reverts to a new minority.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage. The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    People settle for a level of despair they can tolerate and call it happiness.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism - no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: path 
     
    The commandment is that you shall love, but when you understand life and yourself, then it is as if you should not need to be commanded, because to love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without this life you really do not live.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: living  live  human  worth 
     
    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.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: believe  true 
     
    How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb creation - for a chatterbox is truly of a lower category than a dumb creature.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: men  creation  speech 
     
    Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies, for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then, shut your eyes-and your enemy looks just like your neighbor.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: enemies  men  human  impossible  enemy 
     
    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
    tags: chess  games 
     
    ...the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally - weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: fear  people  weakness  god 
     
    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
    tags: advice  regret  opinion 
     
    It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    Once you are born in this world you're old enough to die.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: world  die 
     
    The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: nature  influence  god  prayer  pray 
     
    I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: people 
     
    To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: women 
     
    There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: evil  hate 
     
    Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: reality  problem 
     
    People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
    — 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
    tags: god  sinner 
     
    All the shrewdness of 'man' seeks one thing: to be able to live without responsibility.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: men  live  responsibility 
     
    Pain reconciles one to existence. Infinite resignation is that shirt in the old fable. The thread is spun with tears, bleached by tears, the shirt sewn in tears, but then it also gives better protection than iron. The secret in life is that everyone must sew it for himself.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    The door to happiness opens outward.
    — Soren Kierkegaard
    tags: happiness 
     
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    soren kierkegaard
    Birth    : May 5, 1813
    Death  : November 11, 1855
    Occupation  : Philosopher