November 30

“That Christianity is antithetical to pantheism can also be seen from the caricature that accompanies it. Clearly, the caricature of pantheism is the evaporation of the person through sensuality, the poetic world projected by the individual in which true conscious existence is surrendered and everything is poetry, in which at most the individual is like the flower in woven damask. The antithesis of Christianity is hypocrisy, but this is clearly based on the reality of moral concepts: personality, accountability.”
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~Source: The Journals (1839)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 29

“Knowledge about God being love is not yet the consciousness of it. For to have consciousness, a personal consciousness, it is requisite that in my knowing I have at the same time knowledge of myself and of my relationship to my knowing. This is to believe that God is love, it is to love Him.”
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~Source: Christian Discourses: “All Things Must Serve for Good — When We Love God” (1848)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 28

“O my God, how often have I not rejoiced, given thanks, been unspeakably grateful in discovering how wondrously events have been ordered…”
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~Source: Upbuilding Discourses (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 27

“The minds of men so often yearn for might and power, and their thoughts are constantly being drawn to such things, as if by their attainment all mysteries would be resolved. Hence they do not even dream that there is sorrow in heaven as well as joy, the deep grief of having to deny the learner what he yearns for with all his heart, of having to deny him precisely because he is the beloved.”
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~Source: Philosophical Fragments, Or A Fragment Of Philosophy (1844)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes Climacus

November 26

“…Without purity no human being can see God and without becoming a sinner no human being can come to know him.”
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~Source: Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions: “On the Occasion of a Confession” (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 25

“Where should we go if not to you, Lord Jesus Christ! Where should the one who is suffering find sympathy if not with you, and where the penitent, alas, if not with you, Lord Jesus Christ!”
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~Source: Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 24

“Lord Jesus Christ, you who knew your fate beforehand and yet did not draw back, you who let yourself be born in poverty and lowliness and then, a sufferer, in poverty and lowliness carried the sin of the world until you, hated, forsaken, mocked, spat upon, finally even forsarken by God, bowed your head in that degrading death — but you lifted it again, you eternal victor, you who did not conquer your enemies in life but in death even conquered death! Forever victorious, you lifted your head again, you ascended one! Would that we might follow you!”
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~Source: For Self-Examination: “Christ is the Way” (1851)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 23

“For faith is this paradox, that the particular is higher than the universal–yet in such a way, be it observed, that the movement repeats itself, and that consequently the individual, after having been in the universal, now as the particular isolates himself as higher than the universal. It this be not faith, then Abraham is lost, then faith has never existed in the world–because it has always existed.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 22

“For faith is this paradox, that the particular is higher than the universal–yet in such a way, be it observed, that the movement repeats itself, and that consequently the individual, after having been in the universal, now as the particular isolates himself as higher than the universal. It this be not faith, then Abraham is lost, then faith has never existed in the world–because it has always existed.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 21

“It is difficult for a camel to go through the eye of a needle and difficult for the man of the world to find stillness; whether he is powerful or insignificant, it is difficult to find stillness in life’s noise… [and] whoever says that this stillness does not exist is merely making noise. Have you ever really heard that anyone in stillness made up his mind that it does not exist, even though you probably have heard big words and loud talk and noisy doings to get rid of stillness in order to have, instead of conscience and stillness and God’s voice delivering judgment in stillness, a nature-echo from the crowd, a confused collective scream, a general opinion in which one, out of cowardice, fearing for oneself, is not alone. But you, my listener, if you fear this stillness, even though you are doing your best to have a conscience (without stillness conscience does not exist at all) and to have a good conscience, then keep on, then endure it; this stillness is not the stillness of death in which you perish, it is not the sickness unto death — it is the transition to life.”
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~Source: Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions: “On the Occasion of a Confession” (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

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