The Wisdom of Kierkegaard:
A Collection of Quotations on Faith and Life
Clifford Williams
Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009
112 pages




Tucked away in the complicated prose that fills many of Soren Kierkegaard's books
are numerous insightful declarations. They arrest the reader with their depth of
understanding. They often are expressed in a lilting and lyrical manner. Encountering
them makes working through the intricate prose eminently worthwhile.

The Wisdom of Kierkegaard contains two hundred fifty such passages, chosen partly
because of their ability to be understood apart from their context and partly because of
their ability to provoke an "Ah! That's true" response. Many of them contain a "twist" that
imparts an incisive jab. Some are on themes for which Kierkegaard is well known, but 
many are on a variety of other significant themes. The passages are organized in 
alphabetical sections, which are introduced by brief essays.

“Here Clifford Williams, who is himself a fine philosopher, has judiciously selected a 
host of insightful, provocative, and sometimes humorous quotations from Kierkegaard. 
A fine introduction to Kierkegaard's thought and a wonderful resource even for those 
who know Kierkegaard's writing well. Williams reminds those of us who love Kierkegaard 
why we continue to do so."
                                                          —C. Stephen Evans
                                                          University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
                                                          Baylor University

From the book:

FEAR AND TREMBLING:
Every human being is to live in fear and trembling, and likewise no established order is to 
be exempted from fear and trembling. Fear and trembling signify that we are in the process 
of becoming; and every single individual, likewise the generation, is and should be aware 
of being in the process of becoming (Practice in Christianity, 88).

GREATNESS:
True greatness is equally accessible to all (Fear and Trembling, 81).

LOVING THE WEAK:
The sagacious person thinks, foolishly, that one wastes one's love by loving imperfect, 
weak people; I should think that this is applying one's love, making use of it (Works of 
Love, 163).

From the translations by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, published by Princeton University Press. © Princeton 
University Press.

A Quote:

“Kierkegaard is largely missing in American religion. I don't think there's enough brooding 
going on.”   – Alan Wolfe in an interview in Books and Culture (March/April, 2004), p. 19.


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