In now trying to come to an understanding with myself about my life…. as a child takes time to learn to distinguish itself from objects….this same phenomenon repeats itself in a higher spiritual sphere…. I thought I might gain more peace of mind by taking up a new line of study, directing my energies towards some other goal…. What I really need is to be clear about what I am to do, not what I must know, except in the way knowledge must precede all action. It is a question of understanding my destiny, of seeing what the Deity really wants me to do; the thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die….Such a focal point is something I too have looked for….So the first thing to be resolved was this search for and discovery of the Kingdom of Heaven…One must first come to know oneself before knowing anything else (γνῶθι σεαυτὸν).
Kierkegaard, Journals – August 1, 1835, mythoughts, thoughtsofgod, thoughts of God