November 19

“Ah, it is much easier to look to the right and to the left than to look into oneself, much easier to haggle and bargain just as it is also much easier to underbid than to be silent — but the more difficult is still the one thing needful. Even in daily life everyone experiences that it is more difficult to stand directly before the person of distinction, directly before his royal majesty, than to move in the crowd; to stand alone and silent directly before the sharp expert is more difficult than to speak in a common harmony of equals — to say nothing of being alone directly before the Holy One and being silent.”

~Source: Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions: “On the Occasion of a Confession” (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard