Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Quotable Kierkegaard

"If there is no eternal consciousness in a human being, if at the bottom of everything is only a wild ferment, a power that, twisting in dark passions, produces everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lies hidden between everything, what would life be then but despair? If this is the way life is, if there is no sacred bond uniting mankind, if one gerneration rises up after another like the leaves of the forest, if one generation succeeds the other as the songs of birds in the woods, if the human race passes through the world as a ship through the sea or the wind through the desert, a thoughtless and fruitless whim, if an eternal obivion always lurks hungrily for its prey and there is no power strong enough to wrest it from its clutches - how empty and devoid of consolation life would be!" -Soren Kierkegaard