Quotation by Soren Kierkegaard

Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks eo ipso what might be called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), Danish philosopher. "Irony as a Mastered Moment: The Truth of Irony," pt. 2, The Concept Of Irony (1841, trans. 1966).
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