April 29

“The knights of the infinite resignation are easily recognized: their gait is gliding and assured. Those on the other hand who carry the jewel of faith are likely to be delusive, because their outward appearance bears a striking resemblance to that which both the infinite resignation and faith profoundly despise — to Philistinism.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

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February 22

“In resignation I make renunciation of everything; this movement I make by myself, and if I do not make it, it is because I am cowardly and effeminate and without enthusiasm and do not feel the significance of the lofty dignity which is assigned to every man, that of being his own censor, which is a far prouder title than that of Censor General to the whole Roman Republic. This movement I make by myself, and what I gain is myself in my eternal consciousness, in blissful agreement with my love for the Eternal Being.”
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~Source: Fear And Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

January 20

“No! No one shall be forgotten who was great in this world; but everyone was great in his own way, and everyone in proportion to the greatness of what he loved.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

October 12

“Abraham I cannot understand, in a certain sense there is nothing I can learn from him but astonishment. If people fancy that by considering the outcome of this [story of Abraham and Isaac] they might be moved to believe, they deceive themselves and want to swindle God out of the first movement of faith, the infinite resignation. They would suck worldly wisdom out of the paradox. Perhaps one or another may succeed in that, for our age is not willing to stop with faith, with its miracle of turning water into wine; it goes further, it turns wine into water.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
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.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio

July 3

“When one would learn to make the motions of swimming one can let oneself be hung by a swimming-belt from the ceiling and go through the motions (describe them, so to speak, as we speak of describing a circle), but one is not swimming. In that way I can describe the movements of faith, but when I am thrown into the water, I swim, it is true (for I don’t belong to the beach waders), but I make other movements, I make the movements of infinity, whereas faith does the opposite: after having made the movements to infinity, it makes those of finiteness.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

April 29

“The knights of the infinite resignation are easily recognized: their gait is gliding and assured. Those on the other hand who carry the jewel of faith are likely to be delusive, because their outward appearance bears a striking resemblance to that which both the infinite resignation and faith profoundly despise — to Philistinism.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

February 22

“In resignation I make renunciation of everything; this movement I make by myself, and if I do not make it, it is because I am cowardly and effeminate and without enthusiasm and do not feel the significance of the lofty dignity which is assigned to every man, that of being his own censor, which is a far prouder title than that of Censor General to the whole Roman Republic. This movement I make by myself, and what I gain is myself in my eternal consciousness, in blissful agreement with my love for the Eternal Being.”
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~Source: Fear And Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

February 17

“So for the first thing, the knight will have power to concentrate the whole content of life and the whole significance of reality into a single wish. If a man lacks this concentration, this intensity, if his soul from the beginning is dispersed in the multifarious, he never comes to the point of making the movement; he will deal shrewdly in life like the capitalists who invest their money in all sorts of securities, so as to gain on the one what they lose on the other — in short, he is not a knight at all.”
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~Source: Fear And Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

January 20

“No! No one shall be forgotten who was great in this world; but everyone was great in his own way, and everyone in proportion to the greatness of what he loved.”
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~Source: Fear and Trembling (1843)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard using the pseudonym Johannes De Silentio

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