„Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.“

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„It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
1840s, Det er ganske sandt, hvad Philosophien siger, at Livet maa forstaaes baglænds. Men derover glemmer man den anden Sætning, at det maa leves forlænds. Journals IV A 164 (1843) See Phenomenology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy, by Dermot Moran (2002) Variants: We live forward, but we understand backward. Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

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