"Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one
looks at heaven--in the spring at the earth."--Søren
The father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was
a philosopher who could write like an angel. With only a sentence
or two, he could plumb the depths of the human spirit. In this
collection of some 800 quotations, the reader will find dazzling
bon mots next to words of life-changing power. Drawing from the
authoritative Princeton editions of Kierkegaard's writings, this
book presents a broad selection of his wit and wisdom, as well as a
stimulating introduction to his life and work.
Organized by topic, this volume covers notable Kierkegaardian
concerns such as anxiety, despair, existence, irony, and the
absurd, but also erotic love, the press, busyness, and the comic.
Here readers will encounter both well-known quotations ("Life must
be understood backward. But then one forgets the other principle,
that it must be lived forward") and obscure ones ("Beware
false prophets who come to you in wolves' clothing but inwardly are
sheep--i.e., the phrasemongers"). Those who spend time in these
pages will discover the writer who said, "my grief is my castle,"
but who also taught that "the best defense against hypocrisy is
Illuminating and delightful, this engaging book also provides a
substantial portrait of one of the most influential of modern
Gathers some 800 quotations
Drawn from the authoritative Princeton editions of
Includes an introduction, a brief account and timeline of
Kierkegaard's life, a guide to further reading, and an index
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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