Søren Kierkegaard Motivational Quotes


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a Danish philosopher who is generally considered the first existentialist philosopher. This puts an emphasis on the feeling, acting human being versus the thinking machine of the previous generations philosophers. His work focuses largely on Christian ethics - especially Christian love - and the emotions and feelings of the human being facing life choices.

Here are my top 14 Kierkegaard quotes.

  1. To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

  2. Once you label me, you negate me.

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

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

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

  6. The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

  7. Don’t forget to love yourself.

  8. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

  9. Be that self which one truly is.

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

  11. Our life always expresses the results of our dominant thoughts.

  12. If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

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

  14. Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

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