Monthly Archives: May 2013

Soren Kierkegaard

This year, it is 200 years since the Danish philosopher (and poet, and theologian), Soren Kierkegaard, was born. If you do not know about him, you can find a lot of information on the internet. Here are just some quotes from him:

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.

Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.

If you have difficulties understanding all he said, then do not worry; you are not alone. Hence the quote:

People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.