Favorite Soren Kierkegaard Quotes

A few words from a man who regrets regreting.

  1. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
  2. People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
  3. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
  4. People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
  5. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
  6. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
  7. The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
  8. The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.
  9. Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way.
  10. The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
  11. If anyone on the verge of action should judge himself according to the outcome, he would never begin.
  12. Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.
  13. Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.
  14. It is impossible to exist without passion.
  15. The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.

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