By Søren Kierkegaard

"Why I quite a bit favor autumn to spring is that during the fall one appears to be like at heaven--in the spring on the earth."--Søren Kierkegaard'

The father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) used to be a thinker who may well write like an angel. With just a sentence or , he may well plumb the depths of the human spirit. during this choice of a few 800 quotations, the reader will locate impressive bon mots subsequent to phrases of life-changing strength. Drawing from the authoritative Princeton variants of Kierkegaard's writings, this booklet provides a wide number of his wit and knowledge, in addition to a stimulating creation to his existence and work.

Organized through subject, this quantity covers extraordinary Kierkegaardian matters akin to anxiousness, melancholy, lifestyles, irony, and the absurd, but in addition erotic love, the click, busyness, and the comedian. the following readers will come across either famous quotations ("Life has to be understood backward. yet then one forgets the opposite precept, that it has to be lived forward") and imprecise ones ("Beware fake prophets who come to you in wolves' garments yet inwardly are sheep--i.e., the phrasemongers"). those that spend time in those pages will notice the author who acknowledged, "my grief is my castle," yet who additionally taught that "the most sensible safeguard opposed to hypocrisy is love."

Illuminating and pleasant, this attractive ebook additionally offers a considerable portrait of 1 of the main influential of recent thinkers.

- Gathers a few 800 quotations
- Drawn from the authoritative Princeton variants of Kierkegaard's writings
- contains an creation, a short account and timeline of Kierkegaard's lifestyles, a consultant to extra analyzing, and an index

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[1] David Copp. 2007. "The Collective ethical Autonomy Thesis". magazine of Social Philosophy 38, no. three: 369-388.

[2] Dennis Thompson. 1995. Ethics in Congress: From person to Institutional Corruption. Washington D. C. : Brookings Institute. (p. 25)

[3] David M. Perry and Kathleen E. Kennedy. December thirteen, 2009. "Teaching 'Grade 13'". The Chronicle of upper schooling. online at http://chronicle. com/article/Teaching-Grade-13/49400/

[4] Miller attributes this time period to George Soros, for instance in George Soros. 2008. the hot Paradigm for monetary Markets: The credits concern of 2008 and What It capacity. long island: Perseus Books.

[5] it's worthy noting that Miller does, at an previous element within the ebook, provide one such argument (pp. 61-63). yet this argument hinges on intuitions that type-2 fundamentalists may kind of reject.

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Espopondie : « piation » dans IX 46 6, « viendra » dans I 88 c, « porte » dans V 60 b. Je m’occupai plus longuement ensuite des quelques problèmes de sens que pose le quatrain 20. Et d’abord le quatrième vers. Je vérifiai l’exactitude de ce que M. ) » comme équivalent de « chef » et non comme abréviation de « Cap(et) » ; et aussi pour refuser de tra­ duire « esleu » qui a le sens très précis d’« élu person­ nel », par « constitutionnel », puisque la Constitution, loin d’« élire » Louis XVI, se bornait à constater que la dynastie capétienne régnait et demandait simplement, au seizième Louis, d’accepter certaines limitations à son pouvoir.

VI 89 b : de miel face oint (= su r la face). VIII 8 d : Dedans Turin rapt épouse emmener (= p a r rapt), etc. Enfin je réfléchis, ou rêvai, sur la proposition finale, le « Herne » du second vers. Je ne pus rien ajouter et le H initial, au lieu du F que semble requérir l’explication, continua à me gêner. Que le lecteur se rassure : cette philologie est terminée. Les deux soirs qui suivirent, M. Espopondie et moi revîn­ mes à notre tâche quotidienne : par un accord tacite, nous avions mis Nostradamus en réserve.

Espopondie avait écrite et complétée sur son exemplaire. L e p a r t so lu z (m a r y sera m itr é ), R etou r. C o n fie t p a s s e r a su r le th u ille P a r cinq cens. Un tr a h y r sera tiltr é N arbon e t S aulce p a r *co u tea u x *avons d 'hu ille. — De « conflict » à « Saulce », les deux phrases sont claires, dit M. Espopondie. « Conflict », dans les C e n tu ­ r ie s , est un synonyme fréquent de « guerre » au sens politique et diplomatique, mais aussi de « bataille », avec sa violence matérielle ; le mot convient à ce qui s’est passé, avec fusils et canons, aux Tuileries, pendant les émeutes de 1792.

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