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Soren Kierkegaard

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Biography : Danish philosopher.
Born: 1813 - Died: 1855
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: Denmark
Denmark
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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.




People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
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Man, too, has wings, he has imagination.
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It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.
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Don't forget to love yourself.
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Don't forget to love yourself.




Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
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The infinite and the eternal are the only certainty.
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The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think.
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A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.
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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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Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
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The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
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What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
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Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
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Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals.
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Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
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Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
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Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
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Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
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Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
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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.
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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.
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Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
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The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
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It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.
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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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Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences.
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Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
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Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.
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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.
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