Soren Kierkegaard was an early 19th-century Danish poet, social critic, theologian, philosopher, and religious author. He is widely considered as the first existentialist philosopher. He often contained critical texts regarding religion, psychology, ethics, Christendom, morality, and organized religion.
He often displayed a fondness for parables, irony, and metaphor in his writings. Most of his philosophical works deal with a life of solitude, the priority of human reality over abstract thinking, and the importance of personal commitment and choice.
He was also against literary critics who often compared everyone’s works with the idealist philosophers and intellectuals of his time. His theological works often explore the differences between the personal relationships between man and God.
His psychological works touched the feelings and emotions of individuals when faced with critical life choices. Many of his early works were written under various pseudonyms to represent multiple viewpoints on a single topic. His views were often relayed in complex dialogues and acute observations.
Soren Kierkegaard Quotes
Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.- Soren Kierkegaard
Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.- Soren Kierkegaard
What if everything in the world were a misunderstanding, what if laughter were really tears?- Soren Kierkegaard
The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.- Soren Kierkegaard
The most common form of despair is not being who you are.- Soren Kierkegaard
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.- Soren Kierkegaard
Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.- Soren Kierkegaard
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.- Soren Kierkegaard
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.- Soren Kierkegaard
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.- Soren Kierkegaard