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Søren Kierkegaard
Søren Kierkegaard
Søren Kierkegaard.
BornMay 5, 1813
Copenhagen, Denmark
DiedNovember 11, 1855
Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish philosopher. Credited as the founder of existentialism. Advocated a distinction between objective and subjective truths. Writings include Om Begrebet Ironi (The Concept of Irony) (1841) and Afsluttende Uvidenskabelig Efterskrift (Concluding Unscientific Postscript) (1846).

The repository contains six quotes from Søren Kierkegaard.


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


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

Courage and Fear

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.


To stand on one leg and prove God’s existence is a very different thing from going down on one’s knees and thanking him.


Perfect love means to love the one through whom one became unhappy.


Life is understood looking backwards but it must be lived forwards.