Life quote by Søren Kierkegaard

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Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards
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"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards"

- Søren Kierkegaard

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This quote by Søren Kierkegaard talks to the concept that life is a journey that can just be comprehended in hindsight. We can reflect on our lives and review the choices we have made and the experiences we have actually had, and acquire a better understanding of why things occurred the method they did. However, life should be resided in the present moment, and we need to make decisions and do something about it without knowing the full repercussions of our options. We should accept that life is unforeseeable which we can never totally understand the effect of our decisions up until we reflect on them. This quote encourages us to live life to the maximum, to take risks, and to make the most of every minute, even if we do not understand the result. It reminds us that life is a journey, and that we can just get a real understanding of it by looking back on it.

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Søren Kierkegaard This quote is written / told by Søren Kierkegaard between May 5, 1813 and November 11, 1855. He was a famous Philosopher from Denmark, the quote is categorized under the topic Life. The author also have 47 other quotes.

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