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Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 - 11 November 1855) Danish philosopher and theologian, considered to be a founder of existentialist thought. :
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During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

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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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Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

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Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

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A poet is an unhappy being whose heart it torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say. "May new sufferings torment your soul."

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

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Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

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If you marry you will regret it. If you do not marry you will regret it. If you marry or do not marry, you will regret it.

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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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If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.

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To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

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To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.

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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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In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.

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People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought...which they avoid.

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Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

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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.

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Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

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Once you label me you negate me.

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

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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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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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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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Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

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Don't forget to love yourself.

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