Søren Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher

Lived from: 1813-1855

Category: Philosophers

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    People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
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    Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
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    Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
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    Be that self which one truly is.
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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 appearances.
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    Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
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    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.
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    During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.
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    Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
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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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    Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
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    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.
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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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    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.
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    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.
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