Søren Kierkegaard on the Most Important Thing

What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know, except in so far as a certain knowledge must precede every action. The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do: the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. … I certainly do not deny that I still recognize an imperative of knowledge and that through it one can work upon men, but it must be taken up into my life, and that is what I now recognize as the most important thing.

—Søren Kierkegaard, Letter to Peter Wilhelm Lund dated August 31, 1835



  1. Kierkegaard is one of the most interesting and influencial thinkers in the modern era—should be required reading. From what I know, he knew he was groundbreaking.


  2. Thank you! just what I need to read right now…


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