The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard

Summary
  1. Passages from Kierkegaard’s own diary and it details his life, childhood, engagement and other life influences. Kierkegaard is a Danish philosopher who has had tremendous impact on people in many different fields and is credited as being one of the first existentialist philosophers.
Key Takeaways
  1. These passages show his true emotions and are a great way to get introduced to his way of thinking and his other works
  2. “The human race is jubilant and worships itself.”
  3. “For I love really only one idea – that man can become what he really wills”
  4. “I aspire to be as little as possible.”
  5. Takes pride in the fact that he is the only Danish author that gets people to think independently
  6. The greater truth always rests with the minority as they are the ones who truly have formed their own opinions
  7. “When you are not becoming perfected, do not, on your life, dare to prattle about how you really would like so much to become a better man, instead you must at once humbly confess: If I am not perfected it is my own fault.”
  8. “There is nothing everyone is so afraid of as of being told how much he is capable of.”
  9. “It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived – forwards. The more one ponders this, the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible, precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take backward-looking position.”
  10. “It is so that the very power of being superior ends in loss of power.”
  11. “Socrates is right: if a man does not do right, it is because he does not understand it; if he understood, he would do what is right – ergo: sin is ignorance.”
What I got out of it
  1. Interesting to note what has influenced Kierkegaard as he has influenced a huge range of philosophers, authors, etc and is one of the first to take a modern, analytical approach to religion and believed that the individual’s choice was extremely important