Fear and Trembling Quotes

Soren Kierkegaard
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Even if someone were able to transpose the whole content of faith into conceptual form, it does not follow that he has comprehended it, comprehended how he entered into it or how it entered into him.”
-- Johannes de Silentio (Preface paragraph 4)

Importance: In this quote, de Silentio is suggesting that the usual philosophical considerations of faith are erroneous. While it can certainly be explained in conceptual form, faith must be experienced as shock and anxiety in order to be fully understood.

One became great by expecting the possibly, another by expecting the eternal; but he who expected the impossible became the greatest of all.”
-- Johannes de Silentio (Eulogy on Abraham paragraph 2)

Importance: Here de Silentio encapsulates the importance of Abraham as a knight faith. Abraham goes beyond both the aesthetic and ethical. He operates within the sphere of the religious and makes the leap of faith by expecting the impossible.

Abraham had faith and did not doubt; he believed the absurd.”
-- Johannes de Silentio (Eulogy on Abraham paragraph 10)

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