January 3

“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!”

~Source: For Self-Examination: “Christ is the Way” (1851)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

January 2

“The print of a foot along a path is obviously a consequence of the fact that some creature has gone that way. I may now go on to suppose erroneously that it was, for example, a bird, but on closer inspection, pursuing the track farther, I convince myself that it must have been another sort of animal. Very well. But here we are far from having an infinite qualitative alteration. But can I, by closer inspection of such a track, or by following it farther, reach at one point or another the conclusion: ergo it was a spirit that passed this way? A spirit which leaves no trace behind it! Just so it is with this thing of concluding from the consequences of an (assumed) human existence that ergo it was God.”

~Source: Practice in Christianity (1850)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Anti-Climacus

January 1

“Once again a year has passed, heavenly Father! We thank you that it was added to the time of grace and that we are not terrified by its also being added to the time of accounting, because we trust in your mercy. The new year faces us with its requirements, and even though we enter it downcast and troubled because we cannot and do not wish to hide from ourselves the thought of the lust of the eye that infatuated, the sweetness of revenge that seduced, the anger that made us unrelenting, the cold heart that fled far from you, we nevertheless do not go into the new year entirely empty-handed, since we shall indeed also take along with us recollections of the fearful doubts that were set at rest, of the lurking concerns that were soothed, of the downcast disposition that was raised up, of the cheerful hope that was not humiliated. Yes, when in mournful moments we want to strengthen and encourage our minds by contemplating those great men, your chosen instruments, who in severe spiritual trials and anxieties of heart kept their minds free, their courage uncrushed, and heaven open, we too, wish to add our witness to theirs in the assurance that even if our courage compared with theirs is only discouragement, our power powerlessnesss, you, however, are still the same, the same might God who tests spirits in conflict, the same Father without whose will not one sparrow falls to the ground. Amen.”

~Source: Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses: “The Expectancy of Faith, New Year’s Day” (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 10

“There is no follower [of Christ] at second hand. The first and the latest generation are essentially alike, except that the latter generation has the occasion in the report of the contemporary generation, whereas the contemporary generation has the occasion in its immediate contemporaneity and therefore owes no generation anything.”


~Source: Philisophical Fragments (1844)

Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes Climacus

November 2

A generation, a people, an assembly of the people, a meeting, or a man are responsible for what they are and can be made ashamed if they are inconstant and unfaithful; but a public remains a public. A people, an assembly or a man can change to such an extent that one may say: they are no longer the same; a public on the other hand can become the very opposite and still be the same — a public.”

—————– ~Source: The Present Age: A Literary Review (1846) Author: Soren Kierkegaard

November 1

Imagine a gathering of worldly-minded, timorous people whose highest law in everything is a slavish regard for what others, what ‘they’ will say and judge, whose sole concern is that unchristian concern that ‘everywhere they speak well’ of them, whose admired goal is to be just like the others, whose sole inspiring and whose sole terrifying idea is the majority, the crowd, its approval — its disapproval. Imagine such an assembly or crowd of worshipers and devotees of the fear of people, that is, an assembly of the honored and esteemed (why should such people not honor and esteem one another — to honor the other is, after all, to flatter oneself!) — and imagine that this assembly is supposed (yes, as it is in a comedy), is supposed to be Christians. Before this Christian assembly a sermon is delivered on these words: It is blessed to suffer mockery for a good cause!

But it is blessed to suffer mockery for a good cause!”


~Source: Christian Discourses: “But It Is Blessed to Be Mocked” (1848)

Author: Søren Kierkegaard

October 2

“There is an indescribable joy that is kindled in us just as inexplicably as the apostle’s unmotivated exclamation: ‘Rejoice, and again I say, Rejoice’. — Not a joy over this or that, but a full-bodied shout of the soul ‘with tongue and mouth and from the bottom of the heart’: ‘I rejoice in my joy, of, with, at, for, through, and with my joy’ — a heavenly refrain which suddenly interrupts our other songs, a joy which like a breath of air cools and refreshes, a puff from the trade winds which blow across the plains of Mamre to the eternal mansions.”


~Source: The Journals (1838)

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 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

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