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    A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Be that self which one truly is. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    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. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all. Soren-KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
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    Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Once you label me you negate me. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Purity of heart is to will one thing. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil, no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads. This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world. The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    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/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo; the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. Soren-Kierkegaard/">Soren Kierkegaard
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    There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death. Soren-Kierkegaard/41.php">Soren Kierkegaard
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    There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming. Soren-Kierkegaard/42.php">Soren Kierkegaard
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    What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. Soren-Kierkegaard/43.php">Soren Kierkegaard