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.
When someone asks a stupid question, care should be taken not to answer him, lest he who answers becomes just as stupid as the questioner.
A.S. [Arthur Schopenhauer] (Note: Oddly enough, I am called S.A. No doubt we ourselves are also inversely related) is undeniably a significant author; he has interested me a great deal and I have been surprised to find an author who, despite a total disagreement, touches me so.
Yes, ‘Either/Or,’ that’s where the struggle must take place, and that is why my first words are ‘Either/Or.’ And I can say of myself, as it says in ‘Either/Or’: I am an enigmatic being upon whose brow is written ‘Either/Or.’
When the eternal truth relates itself to an existing person, it becomes the paradox.