Soren Kierkegaard quote

Soren Kierkegaard  quotes
Soren Kierkegaard quotes

“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first Existentialist philosopher. According to Existentialism, philosophical thinking begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a “single individual”, giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking, and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment.


  1. Beautiful quote. You’ve given me a new philosopher to look into. How I didn’t know about him before . . . Well, time to start living forward, I guess. 🙂


  2. Lovely choice, thanks for sharing!

    My favorite from Kierkegaard is: “To dare is to risk losing one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to risk losing one’s life.”


    1. Oops! The last word should be *self*, not life.
      It should read:
      “To dare is to risk losing one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to risk losing oneself.”


  3. Soren found meaning in the existential view where, sadly, later existentialists found only despair.


  4. Although time moves only towards the future, time’s conscience moves only towards the past.
    If I exist, therefore I existed. How I wish I could induce my existence to the future…


  5. Great quote. If only we understood the dynamics of life while we are living it. But wisdom only comes with age and experience.
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