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Author QuotedSøren Kierkegaard
Title QuotedFear and Trembling
Date (Year/Month/Day)1940/11/27
Imprint[S.l.] : Oxford University Press. [s.d.]
QuotationI have read more of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling. Fr. Philotheus laughed uproariously for happiness when I described Kierkegaard's image of the two dancers illustrating his distinction betweenresignation and faith. He laughed with great happiness when I told him of Lowrie's sentence in his introduction saying Kierkegaard had not yet been read in China because China doesn't take account of anything that is still unknown to America.I think Lowrie's introduction to his Biography is very good-even if he does talk about the man constantly as "S.K.," as if he were the head of a firm. I like Kierkegaard's notions that the greatest saints probably look like the stupidest bourgeois.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 262
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