Søren Kierkegaard

According to the wiki: Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. Here are a few of his more interesting quotes..

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.

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

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

Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.

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

Once you label me you negate me.

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.

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

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

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.


  1. I blogged about my favorite Kierkegaard quote (implying that I've read a lot of them, which I haven't) back in 2006 here.

  2. My favorite:

    Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward.

  3. They are all great quotes... but I like the one that says
    "Trouble is the common denonimator of living. It is the great eualizer!"

    How true.... no one escapes trouble!


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