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No! No one who was great in the world will be forgotten, but everyone was great in his own way, and everyone in proportion to the greatness of that which he loved. He who loved himself became great by virtue of himself, and he who loved other men became great by his devotedness, but he who loved God became the greatest of all. Everyone shall be remembered, but everyone became great in proportion to his expectancy. One became great by expecting the possible, another by expecting the eternal; but he who expected the impossible became the greatest of all. Everyone shall be remembered, but everyone was great wholly in proportion to the magnitude of that with which he struggled. For he who struggled with the world became great by conquering the world, and he who struggled with himself became great by conquering himself, but he who struggled with God became the greatest of all. Thus did they struggle in the world, man against man, one against thousands, but he who struggled with God was the greatest of all. Thus did they struggle on earth: there was one who conquered everything by his power, and there was one who conquered God by his powerlessness. There was one who relied upon himself and gained everything; there was one who in the security of his own strength sacrificed everything; but the one who believed God was the greatest of all. There was one who was great by virtue of his power, and one who was great by virtue of his hope, and one who was great by virtue of his love, but Abraham was the greatest of all, great by that power whose strength is powerlessness, great by that wisdom which is foolishness, great by that hope whose form is madness, great by the love that is hatred to oneself.


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When you open the door which you shut in order to pray to God, the first person you meet as you go o...
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Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love fo...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Don't forget to love yourself.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the in...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Once you label me, you negate me
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Prayer doesn't change God, but changes him who prays
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If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Honour him, dear Symparanekromenoi, for his grey hair and his misfortune.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the m...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
If mankind had not embedded itself, with the momentum of centuries and the passion of habit, in the ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Once you label me you negate me.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
How ironical that it is by means of speech that man can degrade himself below the level of dumb crea...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Nowadays not even a suicide kills himself in desperation. Before taking the step he deliberates so l...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Repetition is the reality and the seriousness of life.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Life can only be understood back- wards; but it must be lived forwards.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so f...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My hones...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Don't forget to love yourself. -Soren Kierkegaard.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one fo...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth -look at the dying man's struggle ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask? Do you be...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
A great man is one that can develop convictions in solitude and carry them out in a crowd.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, b...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen bu...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes bac...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing th...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Be that self which one truly is.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened b...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but n...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale....
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sle...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
There is peace and rest and comfort in sorrow
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
That is the road we all have to take - over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ''It is talking to me, and abou...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Had I to carve an inscription on my tombstone I would ask for none other than "The Individual
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts, let it not awaken like a frightened ...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth --look at the dying man's struggle...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair t...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Only one human being recognized as one's neighbour is necessary in order to cure a man of self-love
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so de...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to pa...
SOREN KIERKEGAARD
To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there i...
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