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Soren Kierkegaard
quotations and quotes

  Here are several interesting quotations and quotes from the works of Soren Kierkegaard :-


Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion—and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion ... while Truth again reverts to a new minority.

 



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

 



Once you label me you negate me.

 



Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

 



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

 



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

 



A passionate tumultuous age will overthrow everything, pull everything down; but a revolutionary age which is, at the same time, reflective and passionless leaves everything standing but cunningly empties it of significance."

 



This last quotation may well be a contraction of:-

A passionate tumultuous age will overthrow everything, pull everything down; but a revolutionary age, that is at the same time reflective and passionless, transforms that expression of strength into a feat of dialectics: it leaves everything standing but cunningly empties it of significance. Instead of culminating in a rebellion it reduces the inward reality of all relationships to a reflective tension which leaves everything standing but makes the whole of life ambiguous: so that everything continues to exist factually whilst but a dialectical deceit, privatissime, it supplies a secret interpretation -- that it does not exist.

Soren Kierkegaard (Present Age, Dru, p.42)

 





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