September 29

“From the very beginning, I have stressed and repeated unchanged that I was ‘without authority.’ I regard myself rather as a reader of the books, not as the author. ‘Before God,’ religiously, I call my whole work as an author (when I speak with myself) my own upbringing and development, but not in the sense as if I were now complete or completely finished with respect to needing upbringing and development.”


~Source: On My Work as an Author (1851)

Author: Søren Kierkegaard

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 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 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


“In a certain sense nothing can be spoken of so briefly as the Good, when it is well described. For the Good without condition and without qualification, without preface and without compromise, is absolutely the only thing that a man may and should will, and is only one thing. Oh blessed brevity, oh blessed simplicity, that seizes swiftly what cleverness, tired out in the service of vanity, may grasp but slowly! That which a simple soul, in the happy impulse of a pious heart, feels no need of understanding in an elaborate way, since he simply seizes the Good immediately, is grasped by the clever one only at the cost of much time and much grief.”


~Source: Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits: “Purity of Heart is
to Will One Thing” (1847)

Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 18

“The principle of individuality in its immediate and beautiful formation symbolizes the generation in the outstanding and eminent ndividual; it groups subordinate individualities around the representative.

This principle of individuality, in its eternal truth, uses the abstraction
and equality of the generation to level down, and in that way co-operates in
developing the individual religiously into a real man. For the leveling process
is as powerful where temporary things are concerned as it is impotent where
eternal things are concerned.”


~Source: Two Ages: “The Present Age: A Literary Review” (1846)

Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 17

“To believe is to believe the divine and the human together in Christ. To comprehend him is to comprehend his life humanly. But to comprehend his life humanly is so far from being more than believing that it means to lose him if there is not believing in addition, since his life is what it is for faith, the divine-human. I can understand myself in believing. I can understand myself in believing, although in addition I can in a relative misunderstanding comprehend the human aspect of this life: but comprehend faith or comprehend Christ, I cannot. On the contrary, I can understand that to be able to comprehend his life in every aspect is the most absolute and also the most blasphemous misunderstanding.”

~Source: Two Ethical-Religious Essays: “Does a Human Being Have the Right to Let Himself Be Put to Death for the Truth?” (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym H. H.

September 16

“What is joy, or what is it to be joyful? It is truly to be present to oneself; but truly to be present to oneself is this today, this to be today, truly to be today. The more true it is that you are today, the more completely present you are to yourself today, the less the day of trouble, tomorrow, exists for you. Joy is the present time with the whole emphasis on: the present time. Therefore God is blessed, he who eternally says: Today, he who eternally and infinitely is present to himself in being today. And therefore the lily and the bird are joy, because by silence and unconditional obedience they are completely present to themselves in being today.”

~Source: The Lily in the Field and the Bird of the Air (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 15

“Faith is against understanding; faith is on the other side of death. And when you died or died to yourself, to the world, then you also died to all immediacy in yourself, also to your understanding. It is when all confidence in yourself or in human support, and also in God in an immediate way, is extinct, when every probability is extinct, when it is as on a dark night — it is indeed death we are describing — then comes the life-giving Spirit and brings faith. This faith is stronger than the whole world; it has the power of eternity; it is the Spirit’s gift from God, it is your victory over the world in which you more than conquer.”

~Source: For Self-Examination: Recommended to the Present Age (1851)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

September 14

“Romantic love, however, as I have said, presents an analogy to morality by reason of the presumptive eternity which enobles it and saves it from being mere sensuality. For the sensual is the momentary. The sensual seeks instant satisfaction, and the more refined it is, the better it knows how to make an instant of enjoyment a little eternity. The true eternity in love, as in true morality, delivers it, therefore, first of all from the sensual. But in order to produce this true eternity a determination of the will is called for.”

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

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