Soren Kierkegaard

I would prescribe silence

If I were a physician and I were allowed to prescribe one remedy for all the ills of the world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, how could one hear it with so much noise? Therefore, create silence!
~ Soren Kierkegaard
The Essential Kierkegaard
By Søren Kierkegaard

I found I had less and less to say

I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence the voice of God.

~ Soren Kierkegaard
The Essential Kierkegaard
By Søren Kierkegaard

Praying is hearing, not merely being silent

As my prayer became more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen
--which is even further removed from speaking.
I first thought that praying entailed speaking.
I then learnt that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent.
This is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking.
Prayer involves becoming silent,
and being silent,
and waiting until God is heard.

~ Soren Kierkegaard
The Essential Kierkegaard
By Søren Kierkegaard

I found I had less and less to say

I found I had less and less to say,
until finally, I became silent,
and began to listen.
I discovered in the silence,
the voice of God.

~ Soren Kierkegaard
The Essential Kierkegaard
By Søren Kierkegaard
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