People’s remarks are so objective, so all inclusive, that it is a matter of complete indifference who expresses them, and where human speech is concerned, that is the same as acting ‘on principle.’
What is reasoning? It is the result of doing away with the vital distinction which separates subjectivity and objectivity.
The envy which springs from reflection imprisons man’s will and his strength.
A passionate tumultuous age will overthrow everything, pull everything down; but a revolutionary age, that is at the same time reflective and passionless, transforms that expression of strength into a feat of dialectics: it leaves everything standing but cunningly empties it of significance.

shatterrealm said: I love Kierkegaard and want to become more familiar with his ideas. The problem is that you need a lot of context to grasp these things. So if you can find quotes that work great out of context, that would be awesome.

Quotes that work out of context would very likely be too reductive due to the nature of Kierkegaard’s writings, but at the same time, I do think certain themes can be gathered based on what has been posted. There’s a book by Steven Evans called Kierkegaard: An Introduction that would be a good general overview of his works. It’s a fairly quick and straight forward read. 

I will offer a few general concepts that Kierkegaard focuses on. 1. An emphasis on subjectivity rather than objectivity. 2. An emphasis on the individual. Kierkegaard is often thought of as one of the first existentialists. 3. A very rigorous approach to Christianity and Christian practice which he expresses brilliantly and polemically in his later texts in the last years of his life. (Practice in Christianity, Attack Upon Christendom).

Kierkegaard is one of the most complex thinkers of the 19th century, and his authorial style is unique and dynamic, but ultimately adds to the difficulty in interpreting his work. 

If a human being were a beast or an angel, he could not be in anxiety. Because he is a synthesis, he can be in anxiety; and the more profoundly he is in anxiety, the greater is the man…
Anxiety is freedom’s possibility…
The moment signifies the present as that which as not past and no future, and precisely in this lies the imperfection of the sensuous life. The eternal also signifies the present as that which has no past and no future, and this is the perfection of the eternal.
To want to give a logical explanation of the coming of sin into the world is a stupidity that can occur only to people who are comically worried about finding an explanation.
Anxiety is neither a category of necessity nor a category of freedom; it is entangled freedom, where freedom is not free in itself but entangled, not by necessity, but in itself.