Ten Soren Kierkegaard Quotes That Capture His Life Philosophy

  1. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
  2. Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
  3. Most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, frightfully objective sometimes–but the task is precisely to be objective toward oneself and subjective toward all others.
  4. The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
  5. And this is one of the most crucial definitions for the whole of Christianity; that the opposite of sin is not virtue but faith.
  6. For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.
  7. The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
  8. How can it be that Christ does not exist since I know that he has saved me?
  9. 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.
  10. What the age needs is not a genius—it has had geniuses enough, but a martyr, who in order to teach men to obey would himself be obedient unto death. What the age needs is awakening. And therefore someday, not only my writings but my whole life, all the intriguing mystery of the machine will be studied and studied. I never forget how God helps me and it is therefore my last wish that everything may be to His honor.

1 Comment

  1. I like the juxtaposition of sin, virtue and faith. Virtue, while worthy, is never a substitute for faith, while it is often used as an excuse to dismiss one’s own sin. Challenging thoughts, each of them.

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