Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

32 Inspiring Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born on 5 May 1813 and died on 11 November 1855. He was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author. He was also known to be the first existentialist philosopher.

Following are some great inspiring quotes by Søren Kierkegaard about life with images.

Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.” » Søren Kierkegaard


“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.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.” » Søren Kierkegaard

32 Inspiring Life Quotes with Images

“My standpoint is armed neutrality.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” » Søren Kierkegaar

Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

“And this is one of the most crucial definitions for the whole of Christianity; that the opposite of sin is not virtue but faith.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“The truth is a trap: you cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Without risk, faith is an impossibility.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” » Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Present-day Christendom really lives as if the situation were as follows: Christ is the great hero and benefactor who has once and for all secured salvation for us; now we must merely be happy and delighted with the innocent goods of earthly life and leave the rest to Him. But Christ is essentially the exemplar, that is we are to resemble Him, not mere profit from Him.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“What precisely is profound in Christianity is that Christ is both our atoner and our judge, not that one is our atoner and another our judge, for then we would nevertheless come to be judged, but that the atoner and the judge are the same.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.” » Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

“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.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth — look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.” » Søren Kierkegaard

 62 Funny & Inspiring Change Quotes

“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“This much is certain: The greatest thing each person can is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally—weakness, fears, and all. For God love obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guide of weakness.” » Søren Kierkegaard

Søren Kierkegaard Quotes

“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 honour.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“It is really remarkable that while all the other attributes ascribed to God are adjectives, Love alone is a substantive, and it would scarcely occur to one to make the mistake of saying: God is lovely. Thus, language itself has given expression to the substantial element that is found in this attribute.” » Søren Kierkegaard

“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.” » Søren Kierkegaard Books

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility!” » Søren Kierkegaard Quotes