Quotes by Soren Kierkegaard

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

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.

Be that self which one truly is.

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.

There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death.

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.