Kierkegaard’s Own Words
Thanks to those who tracked down the Kierkegaard quotation I was looking for in the comments to my previous post. For anyone who’s interested, I now have a copy of the relevant volume of the Danish edition of Soren Kierkegaards Papirer, and will paste the relevant paragraph here. (Update: I now also have here a little information about when in his life SK wrote this passage.)
As noted in the comments to the previous post, the reference is:
Soren Kierkegaards Papirer, ed. P. A. Heiberg, V. Kuhr and E. Torsting; 11:3:B:57 (1854)
About the date (I’ve been told it helps — well, it helps those who know enough — in understanding things SK wrote to know when in his life SK wrote them): This appears to have been written in December of 1854 — a little less than a year before SK’s death (Nov. 11, 1855).
And the English translation in Soren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers, Vol. 6 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978), edited and translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, assited by Gregor Malantschuk, p. 557, is as follows:
What I have repeated again and again should be kept in mind: “I am without authority, am only a poet, an average man.” I do not claim to be better than others, only that I am not bound by a pledge to the New Testament and am not an ordained man, either. No, in no way do I pretend to be better than others, but I do want it made known that this is the way we carry on-I want some truth here and want it said honestly, loudly, and clearly. But I do not pretend to be better than others. Therefore what the old Bishop once said to me is not true–namely, that I spoke as if the others were going to hell. No, if I can be said to speak at all of going to hell then I say something like this: If the others are going to hell, then I am going along with them. But I do not believe that; on the contrary, I believe that we will all be saved, I, too, and this awakens my deepest wonder.
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