September 30

“The Socratic ignorance is the expression for the objective uncertainty; the inwardness of the existing individual is the truth. To anticipate here what will be developed later, let me make the following remark: the Socratic ignorance is an analogue to the category of the absurd, only that there is still less objective certainty in the repellent effect that the absurd exercises. It is certain only that it is absurd, and precisely on that account it incites to an infinitely greater tension in the corresponding inwardness.”

~Source: Concluding Unscientific Postscript To The “Philosophical Fragments” (1846)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes Climacus

September 29

“Sometimes, there is such a tumult in my head that it feels as though the roof had been lifted off my cranium, and then it seems as though the hobgoblins had lifted up a mountain and were holding a ball and festivities there — God preserve me!”

~Source: The Journals (1838)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 28

“Just as in a case of herrings, the top layer is crushed and spoilt, and the fruit next to the crate is bruised and worthless, so too in every generation there are certain men who are on the outside and are made to suffer from the packing case, who only protect those who are in the middle.”

~Source: The Journals (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 27

“Yet in another and still more definite sense despair is the sickness unto death. It is indeed very far from being true that, literally understood, one dies of this sickness, or that this sickness ends with bodily death. On the contrary, the torment of despair is precisely this: not to be able to die. So it has much in common with the situation of the moribund when he lies and struggles with death, and cannot die.”

~Source: The Sickness Unto Death (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Anti-Climacus

September 26

“The despairing man who is unconscious of being in despair is, in comparison with him who is conscious of it, merely a negative step further from the truth and from salvation. Despair itself is a negativity, unconsciousness of it is a new negativity. But to reach truth one must pierce through every negativity. For here applies what the fairy tale recounts about a certain enchantment: the piece of music must be played through backward; otherwise the enchantment is not broken.” ——————————-

~Source: The Sickness Unto Death (1849) Author: Soren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Anti-Climacus

September 25

“What are the infallible marks of friendship? Let antiquity answer: idem velle, idem nolle, ea demum firma amicitia*, and also extremely tiresome. What are the infallible marks of friendship? Mutual assistance in word and deed. Two friends form a close association in order to be everything to one another, and that although it is impossible for one human being to be anything to another human being except to be in this way.”

~Source: Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Victor Eremita

*To wish and not to wish the same thing–this at last is firm friendship.

September 24

“I went out to the coffeehouse, where on the previous visit I went every day to enjoy the drink which according to the words of the poet*, if it is ‘…pure and warm and strong and not abused,’ can be placed alongside that with which the poet compares it, namely ‘friendship.’ I insist at least upon good coffee.”

~Source: Repetition: An Essay In Experimental Psychology (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Constantin Constantius

*Poet: German – Ewald

September 23

“Also in our day there is talk about this, that Christianity is not to be expounded artificially, bombastically, but simply — and in the exchange of ideas they fight about it, they write books about it; it becomes a branch of scholarship all its own, and perhaps one even makes it into a livelihood and becomes a professor in the subject, omitting or forgetting that the real simplicity, the truly simple exposition of the essentially Christian is — to do it.”

~Source: Judge for Yourself!: “Becoming Sober” (1851)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 21

“The ethical expression for [Abraham’s] relation to Isaac is that the father must love the son. The ethical relation is reduced to the relative in contradistinction to the absolute relation to God. To the question ‘Why?’ Abraham has no other answer than that it is an ordeal, a temptation that, as noted above, is a synthesis of its being for the sake of God and for his own sake… For instance, if we see someone doing something that does not conform to the universal, we say that he is hardly doing it for God’s sake, meaning thereby that he is doing it for his own sake. The paradox of faith has lost the intermediary, that is, the universal. On the one side, it has the expression of the highest egotism, on the other side, the expression for the most absolute devotion, to do it for God’s sake. Faith itself cannot be mediated into the universal, for thereby it is canceled. Faith is this paradox, and the single individual cannot make himself understandable to anyone.”

~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio

September 20

How depressing and wearisome to the spirit that all things are corruptible, that men are changeable, you, my hearer, and I! How sad that change is so often for the worse!… [But] the text speaks of the opposite, of the changelessness of God. The spirit of the text is unmixed joy and gladness. …no change touches Him, not even the shadow of a change; in unaltered clearness He, the father of lights, remains eternally unchanged…. With us men it is not so…. This thought is terrifying, all fear and trembling.”

~Source: The Changelessness of God (1855)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

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