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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The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

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Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

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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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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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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

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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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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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If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

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

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Don't forget to love yourself.

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

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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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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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Only when it is a duty to love, only then is love eternally and happily secured against despair.

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

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

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

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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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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

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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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And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.

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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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I begin with the principle that all men are bores. Surely no one will prove himself so great a bore as to contradict me in this.

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

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