September 4

“It is so impossible for the world to exist without God that if God could forget it it would instantly cease to be.”
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~Source: The Journals (1837)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

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April 5

“Most men think, talk, and write as they sleep, eat, and drink, without raising the question of their relation to the idea; this only happens among the very few and then that decisive moment has in the very highest degree either the power to compel (genius), or it paralyzes the individual with anxiety (irony).”
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~Source: The Journals (1839)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

March 29

“It is uncomplicated and beautiful and touching when a lover looks lovingly at the loved one, but most stylish to squint at her through a lorgnette. And the physicist uses the microscope just as a dandy uses the lorgnette, using only the microscope to see God.”
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~Source: The Journals (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

March 17

“He isn’t a man who tries to lead others astray; on the contrary he dissuades them from leading such a life. He has tasted its bitterness and puts up with it only because he lives for an idea…Rather I would think of such a master thief as someone who had lost his father early in life and now had only an old mother whom he dearly loves and she him, though she is horrified at her son’s errant ways, while his beloved quite overlooks his bad side…”
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~Source: The Journals (1835)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

February 12

“There is only one proof of the truth of Christianity and that, quite rightly, is from the emotions, when the dread of sin and a heavy conscience torture a man into crossing the narrow line between despair bordering upon madness — and Christendom.

There lies Christianity.”
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~Source: The Journals (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

February 7

“In a passionate age enthusiasm is the unifying principle, in a passionless, very reflective age envy is the negatively unifying principle.”
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~Source: The Journals (1845)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

January 22

“Oh, the sins of passion and of the heart — how much nearer to salvation than the sins of reason!”
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~Source: The Journals (18??)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

November 30

“There is only one proof of the truth of Christianity and that, quite rightly, is from the emotions, when the dread of sin and a heavy conscience torture a man into crossing the narrow line between despair bordering upon madness — and Christendom.

There lies Christianity.”
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~Source: The Journals (1849)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

October 30

“Oh, the sins of passion and of the heart — how much nearer to salvation than the sins of reason!”
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~Source: The Journals (18??)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

October 5

“Can the transition from a quantitative to a qualitative determination occur without a leap? And doesn’t all of life lie in this?”
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~Source: The Journals (1842-43)
Author: Søren Kierkegaard

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