Three Upbuilding Discourses, 1843
|Original title||Tre opbyggelige Taler|
|Series||First authorship (Discourses)|
|Genre||Christianity, psychology, philosophy|
|Publisher||Bookdealer P. G. Philipsen|
|October 16, 1843|
Published in English
|1943 – first translation|
|Preceded by||Fear and Trembling|
|Followed by||Repetition (Kierkegaard)|
Three Upbuilding Discourses, 1843 was to be published at Bianco Luno Press. As Søren Kierkegaard arrived he stood at the end of a long line of authors. Another person walked in behind him and immediately tried to go to the front of the line, but the first person in line wouldn’t let him in, so he tried the second, and then the third, and so on until he came to Søren. He took one look at Søren and said, "On wild trees, the flowers are fragrant, on cultivated trees, the fruits." Søren let him stand in front of him.
By this time a very pensive individual had stepped in line behind him and said, "What Tarquinius Superbus said in the garden by means of the poppies, the son understood but the messenger did not." These were code words for the spy network Magister Kierkegaard set up in opposition to the “deified established order”.
His trusted spies were Johannes de Silentio, and Constantin Constantius. Johannes handed him a note and said nothing more. The note said, “in modern philosophy, every assistant professor, tutor, and student, every rural outsider and tenant incumbent in philosophy is unwilling to stop with doubting everything but goes further. … people are unwilling to stop with faith.”
Constantin said, “Repetition and recollection are the same movement, except in opposite directions, for what is recollected has been, is repeated backward, whereas genuine repetition is recollected forward. Repetition, therefore, if it is possible, makes a person happy-assuming, of course, that he gives himself time to live and does not promptly at birth find an excuse to sneak out of life again, for example, that he has forgotten something. … Hope is a new garment. … Recollection is a discarded garment. ... Repetition is an indestructible garment. ... it takes courage to will repetition.”
Søren thought for a moment and said, The Bible says the world has four corners but science now says the world is round. What if someone where to say, “Boom! The earth is round!” and to continually repeat this generation after generation? Wouldn't it seem to be some kind of insanity, since everyone knows the earth is round? Kierkegaard wondered how this kind of statement could effect faith. He gave his soldiers their orders and they departed.
This whole scene is for illustrative purposes only. The three of them never have met at Bianco Luno Press, the books were printed there but Three Upbuilding Discourses was published by Bookdealer P. G. Philipsen. Fear and Trembling, by Johannes de Silentio, and Repetition, by Constantin Constantius, were both published by C.A. Reitzel's. No good spy master would get all his books published at the same place. All three books were published by the same person, Søren Kierkegaard, and all three were published on the same date, October 16, 1843.
Kierkegaard continues his discussion of the difference between externalities and inwardness in the discourses. But now he moves from the inwardness of faith to that of love. Everything is always changing in the external world but in the inner spiritual world there is one thing that never changes according to Kierkegaard. He says, “What is it that never changes even though everything is changed? It is love, and that alone is love, that which never becomes something else.” Love is dependent on how a person sees  and when the individual sees with love that individual can see away sin in himself as well as the sin of the whole world, just as Christ did.
However, for one to be able to do this one must be “strengthened in the inner being.”  When the inner being “announces itself it craves an explanation, a witness that explains the meaning of everything for it, and its own meaning by explaining it in the God who holds everything together in his eternal wisdom and who assigned to man to be lord of creation by his becoming God’s servant, and explained himself to him by making him his co-worker, and through every explanation that he gives a person, he strengthens and confirms him in his inner being." In this concern the inner being announces itself-the inner being that is concerned not about the whole world but only about God and about itself, about the explanation that makes the relation understandable to it, and about the witness that confirms it in the relation.” 
The dedication: To the late Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, formerly a clothing merchant here in the city, My Father, these discourses are dedicated. The Preface: dedicated “to that single individual whom I with joy and gratitude call my reader …” The Three Discourses:
- Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins,
- Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins,
- Strengthening in the Inner Being
The Biblical text for the discourse or discourses He has two discourses with the same title in Three Upbuilding Discourses. When he wrote Four Upbuilding Discourses he went back and wrote two discourses titled, Every Good Gift And Every Perfect Gift Is From Above, which was one of his discourse titles from the earlier Two Upbuilding Discourses. Kierkegaard goes forward in the repetition of each discourse and adds a little more thought to the preceding discourse.
Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins
- 1 Peter 4:7-12, The Holy Bible NIV
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you."
Kierkegaard’s thesis is that love never becomes something else because of external circumstances. He discusses “how love hides a multitude of sins”  and that “does not depend merely upon what one sees, but what one sees depends upon how one sees; all observation is not just a receiving, a discovering, but also a bringing forth, and insofar as it is that, how the observer himself is constituted is indeed decisive. When one person sees one thing and another sees something else in the same thing, then the one discovers what the other conceals. Insofar as the object viewed belongs to the external world, then how the observer is constituted is probably less important, or, more correctly then what is necessary for the observation is something irrelevant to his deeper nature. But the more the object of observation belongs to the world of the spirit, the more important is the way he himself is constituted in his innermost nature, because everything spiritual is appropriated only in freedom; but what is appropriated in freedom is also brought forth. The difference, then, is not the external but the internal, and everything that makes a person impure and his observation impure comes from within.”  The heart “determines what he hides and what he covers.”
Kierkegaard further explains this whole concept in Works of Love,
The one who loves sees the sin he forgives, but he believes that forgiveness takes it away. This cannot be seen, whereas the sin can indeed be seen; on the other hand, if the sin did not exist to be seen, it could not be forgiven either. Just as one by faith believes the unseen into what is seen, so the one who loves by forgiveness believes away what is seen. Both are faith. Blessed is the believer, he believes what he cannot see; blessed is the one who loves, he believes away that which he indeed can see! Who can believe this? The one who loves can do it. But why is forgiveness so rare? Is it not because faith in the power of forgiveness is so meager and so rare? … When love forgives the miracle of faith happens (and every miracle is then a miracle of faith-no wonder, therefore, that along with faith miracles have also been abolished!): that what is seen is, by being forgiven, not seen. It is blotted out, it is forgiven and forgotten, or, as Scripture says, of what God forgives, it is hidden behind his back. Works of Love, Chapter V, Love Hides a Multitude of Sins, Hong p. 295
Kierkegaard asks, What is in your heart? He says, “When evil lives in the heart, the eye sees offense, but when purity lives in the heart, the eye sees the finger of God.” (…) “When fear lives in the heart, a person easily discovers the multiplicity of sin, discovers deceit and delusion and disloyalty and scheming, discovers that; Every heart is a net, Every rogue like a child, Every promise like a shadow. But the love that hides a multitude of sins is never deceived”. “When love lives in the heart, a person understands slowly and does not hear at all words said in haste and does not understand them when repeated because he assigns them good position and a good meaning. He does not understand a long angry and insulting verbal assault, because he is waiting for one more word that will give it meaning.” 
Happy the person who saw the world in all its perfection when everything was still very good; happy the person who with God was witness to the glory of creation. More blessed the soul that was God’s co-worker in love; blessed the love that hides a multitude of sins. Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 62
He concludes by drawing attention to two opposite powers. One is the “power in sin that has the perseverance to consume every better feeling a person has” and the other is “a heavenly power that starves the multiplicity of sin out of a person.” 
Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins
- The Epistle: 1 Peter 4:7:12
Kierkegaard says love is no dream or mood or the kind of self-love that only thinks of love in relation to itself. Kierkegaard uses the Socratic Method to question himself in relation to love and advises all to do likewise. Christ said to love your neighbor as yourself, which implies two commands. Kierkegaard thinks of this in relation to the title of his work. If there is this power of love that can hide my sins from God, then can I use this same power and hide my sins from my own self? Can I use this same power to hide my neighbor's sins from myself and from the rest of the world? He asks about the judgment from without, the judgment of the world, and says that it always finds what it seeks. It depends upon how it sees. But now how does this love arise in a person’s soul? This love that is able “to interpret itself to itself; make itself understandable to the single individual even if not another soul understood it”.
Kierkegaard says, “one must have the courage to will love” because “God’s love awakens crying like a newborn baby, not smiling like the child that knows its mother. But now when God’s love wants to hold fast to the Lord, the enemy rises up against one in all its terror, and the power of sin is so strong that it strikes with anxiety. But love does not shut its eyes in the hour of danger; it volunteers itself.”  Remembering is great to the understanding but love has to forget its own sins as well as the neighbor’s sins, according to Kierkegaard, and this is just foolishness to the understanding.
Kierkegaard continued his discourse on love in his 1847 book, Works of Love where he said,
There is nothing, nothing at all, that cannot be done or said in such a way that it becomes upbuilding, but whatever it is, if it is upbuilding, then love is present. Thus the admonition, just where love itself admits the difficulty of giving a specific rule, says, “Do everything for upbuilding.” It could just as well have said, “Do everything in love,” and it would have said the very same thing. One person can do exactly the opposite-in love-the opposite becomes upbuilding. There is no word in the language that in itself is upbuilding, and there is no word in the language that cannot be said in an upbuilding way and become upbuilding if love is present. Thus it is so very far from being the case that the upbuilding would be something that is an excellence for a few gifted individuals, similar to brains, literary talent, beauty, and the like (alas, this is just an unloving and divisive error!) that on the contrary it is the very opposite- every human being by his life, by his conduct, by his behavior in everyday affairs, by his association with his peers, by his words, his remarks, should and could build up and would do it if love were really present in him. Works of Love, Hong p. 212-213
Strengthening in the Inner Being
- Ephesians 3:13 to the end The Bible (NIV)
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Kierkegaard uses The Apostle Paul as an example in this discourse. He uses Abraham in Fear and Trembling[nb 1] and Job in Repetition and in Four Upbuilding Discourses. They’re all examples of individuals who saw their expectancy crash but survived the shipwreck intact because they were “strengthened in the inner being.” Kierkegaard had already mentioned the category of an eternal choice in Either/Or. He said, “Already prior to one’s choosing, the personality is interested in the choice, and if one puts off the choice, the personality or the obscure forces within it unconsciously chooses. Then when a choice is eventually made-…one discovers that there is something that must be done over again, must be withdrawn, and this is often very difficult. There are stories about human beings whom mermaids or mermen have subjected to their power with their demonic music. To break the spell, so says the story, it was necessary for the person under the spell to play the same piece backward without making a single mistake. This is a very profound thought but very difficult to do, and yet this is the way it is. The error one has absorbed has to be rooted out in this way, and every time one makes a mistake one must begin all over again. As you see, this is why it is important to choose and to choose in time. I congratulate you for being still so young that even though you will always miss out on something, you nevertheless-if you have the energy or, more accurately, will to have the energy for it-can win what is the main concern of life, you can win yourself, gain yourself.” Either/Or II Hong p. 164-165
Kierkegaard discusses the “main concern of life” in this discourse.
He begins with Paul in Rome as a prisoner “with a teaching” “and the unshakable conviction that this teaching would be victorious over the whole world”. Paul was a witness, not a doubter, who “lets everything around it change and give itself up as a willing prey to life’s fickle, capricious changes, without being alarmed by such a world, without being concerned for itself.” But this concern “announces itself within the individual in such a way that he “craves an explanation, a witness that explains the meaning of everything for it, and its own meaning by explaining it in the God who holds everything together in his eternal wisdom and who assigned to man to be lord of creation by his becoming God’s servant, and explained himself to him by making him his co-worker, and through every explanation that he gives a person, he strengthens and confirms him in his inner being”. This is what strengthened Paul in prison. He didn’t “run away from every explanation.” He didn’t “fill time with perpetual deliberation.”  In his “concern the inner being announces itself-the inner being that is concerned not about the whole world but only about God and about itself, about the explanation that makes the relation understandable to it, and about the witness that confirms it in the relation.” 
- Can prosperity serve for strengthening the inner being?
- Can fortune or misfortune serve for strengthening the inner being?
- Can adversity serve for strengthening the inner being?
Each single individual must decide this for himself and that depends on how one sees. "If he understood himself or tried to understand himself, if he truly was concerned about understanding himself, if the inner being announced itself within him in that concern, then he will understand prosperity, then he will understand the significance of its being denied him, then he will not occupy himself with flights of fancy and fortify himself with dreams but in his adversity will be concerned about himself."
Consider him the person who was wronged. He complains not about life but about people who corrupt everything and embitter what God made good. … Then everything became confused for him; there was no God who intended everything for good, but everything was left up to human beings who intended everything for evil. But the more his soul stared down into the abyss of dark passions that arose in him, the greater was the power that the anxiety of temptation gained over him, until he himself plunged down into it and lost himself in despair. Or even though the pain did not sweep him off his feet in this way, He stood case-hardened among his fellow human beings; he saw the same thing that had happened to him repeat itself in others, but he felt no sympathy. Indeed, what good would it have done anyway, since he had no comfort to offer. Or he hid from people in order in solitude of soul to immerse himself in his bleak wisdom, to fathom the thought of despair. Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 95-96
In 1846 Kierkegaard wrote, “inwardness in erotic love does not mean to get married seven times to Danish girls, and then to go for the French and Italian, but to love one and the same and yet be continually renewed in the same erotic love, so that it continually flowers anew in mood and exuberance-which, when applied to communication, is the inexhaustible renewal and fertility of expression. Inwardness cannot be communicated directly, because expressing it directly is externality (oriented outwardly, not inwardly), and expressing inwardness directly is no proof at all that it is there (The direct outpouring of feeling is no proof at all that one has it, but the tension of the contrastive forms is the dynamometer of inwardness), and the reception intrinsic to inwardness is not a direct reproduction of what was communicated, since that is an echo. But the repetition of inwardness is the resonance in which what is said disappears, as with Mary when she hid the words in her heart.”  For Kierkegaard the outward forms of religion are meaningless without the inner dimension. He writes of, "the work of willing to hold fast to this [first] love."
Blessed is the person who, even though in his life he made the mistake of taking the outer instead of the inner, even though his soul in many ways was ensnared by the world, yet was again renewed in the inner being by turning back to his God. Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 101
The titles of Kierkegaard’s works have undergone much change in the 100 years before they were translated into English. The Upbuilding Discourses are mentioned in an 1852 book of literature and romance under the title “Instructive Tales”.
"Søren Aaby Kierkegaard, "the solitary philosopher," has also probed the depths of the same metaphysic systems in the society of the great advocates of them, having especially devoted himself to the study of Schelling; and in his singular but remarkable works, "Enten—Eller"; that is, Either—Or, a Life's Fragment, by Victor the Hermit; Reiteration; "An Attempt in Experimental Psychology; Fear and Trembling; a Dialectic Lyric, by John de Silentio ; and his Instructive Tales, dedicated to that individual, has with wonderful eloquence, and with the warmth of an actual experience of the Fear and Trembling and the Gospel of Suffering of which he speaks, proclaimed his firm adhesion to that true spirit of the North, which of old saw, in the myth of Valhalla, combat and death as leading only to victory and life.The literature and romance of northern Europe: constituting a complete history of the literature of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with copious specimens of the most celebrated histories, romances (1852), by Howitt, William, 1792-1879; Howitt, Mary Botham, 1799-1888, joint author p. 239-240
Another author, 90 years later, related the Discourses to Kierkegaard's other works.
Since the pseudonymous works are in the form of “indirect communication,” they stand in need of interpretation, and the Discourses, which always were in the form of “direct communication,” afford in some instances (especially in the case of Repetition, Fear and Trembling, and the Stages) a very precious and specific illumination of S.K.’s meaning, not merely a proof of his religious intent in general.
Reviewers were enthralled with Fear and Trembling and Repetition. The discourses present modes of thought that are conducive to the Spiritual world where forgiveness overcomes wrath. Revenge is always sweet. Suffering is the act of loving without being affected by outward circumstances.
Influence and reception
Kierkegaard sold 139 copies of the book. The Three Discourses wasn't translated into English until 1946 when David F. Swenson translated and published all the discourses in four volumes. and then Howard V. Hong translated and published them in 1990 into one volume. In 1852 these discourses were called Instructive Tales by William Howitt. Scholars relate most of Kierkegaard's work to his relationship to Regine Olsen, the Corsair affair, or his attack upon the church; all deal with his outer being. But Kierkegaard reinforced what he wrote here in his Works of Love of 1847:
Love is commonly thought of as admiration’s wide-open eye that is searching for excellence and perfections. It is then that one complains that the search is futile. Love is rather the closed eye of forbearance and leniency that does not see defects and imperfections. There is a world of difference, the difference of inversion. The sagacious person thinks, foolishly, that one wastes one’s love on loving imperfect, weak people; I should think that this is applying one’s love, making use of it. When it is a duty in loving to love the people we see, then in loving the actual individual person it is important that one does not substitute an imaginary idea of how we think or could wish that this person should be. The one who does this does not love the person he sees but again something unseen, his own idea or something similar. There are people of whom it may be said that they have not attained form, that their actuality has not become integrated, because in their innermost beings they are at odds with themselves about what they are and what they will to be. Love, which should love the person it sees, cannot make up its mind but at one time wants to have a defect removed from the object and at another wants a perfection added – as if the bargain … were not yet concluded. But to divide in this way is not to love the person one sees. Is it not as if there were a third party always present even when the two are alone, a third who coldly examines and rejects, who disturbs the intimacy, who would upset the beloved, by standing above the relationship to test it. Root out all equivocation and fastidiousness. Søren Kierkegaard, Works of Love, Hong p. 162-166
- Kierkegaard used the way the story of Abraham is preached and accepted without the anxiety and concern that it deserves to make a point about indifference and concern in Fear and Trembling.
Kierkegaard criticized preachers who leave anxiety out of the story of Abraham. "What is omitted from Abraham’s story is the anxiety, because to money I have no ethical obligation but to the son the father has the highest and holiest. We forget it and yet want to talk about Abraham. So we and in the process of talking interchange the two terms, Isaac and the best, and everything goes fine. But just suppose that someone listening is a man who suffers from sleeplessness-then more terrifying, the most profound, tragic, and comic misunderstanding is very close at hand. He goes home, he wants to do as Abraham did, for the son, after all, it is the best. If the preacher found out about it, he perhaps would go to the man, he would muster all his ecclesiastical dignity and shout, “You despicable man, you scum of society, what devil has so possessed you that you would murder your son.” Fear and Trembling p. 29
The story of Abraham is understood in another way. We praise God’s mercy, that he gave him Isaac again and that the whole thing was only an ordeal. An ordeal, this word can say much and little, and yet the whole thing is over as soon as it is spoken. We mount a winged horse, and in the same instant we are on Mount Moriah, in the same instant we see the ram. We forget that Abraham only rode an ass, which trudges along the road, that he had a journey of three days, that he needed some time to chop the wood, to bind Isaac, and to sharpen the knife. … The whole thing is over in a moment; all you have to do is wait for a minute and you will see the ram, and the ordeal is over. … Perhaps [the speaker] would be dumbfounded if the sinner quietly and with dignity answered: After all, that was what you preached about last Sunday. Fear and Trembling p. 52
Johannes De Silentio, a pseudonym of Kierkegaard's) says, "If I were to speak about him, I would first of all describe the pain of the ordeal. To that end, I would, like a leech, suck all the anxiety and distress and torment out of a father’s suffering in order to describe what Abraham suffered, although under it all he had faith. I would point out that the journey lasted three days and a good part of the fourth; indeed, these three and a half days could be infinitely longer than a few thousand years that separate me from Abraham. I would point out-and this is my view-that every person may still turn back before he begins such a thing and at any time may repentantly turn back. If one does this, I am not apprehensive; I do not fear arousing a desire in people to be tried as Abraham was. But to sell a cheap edition of Abraham and yet forbid everyone to do likewise is ludicrous." Fear and Trembling p. 53
- See Hegel's Lectures on the Philosophy of History, p. 307
- Repetition frontplate / Fear And Trembling Frontplate, quote is from Hamann, Søren Kierkegaard, Edited and translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong, Princeton University Press, 1983 069107237X
- Point of View, Lowrie p.74, 89, 133-134 Practice in Christianity, by Anti-Climacus – Edited and Translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong 1991 1850, Princeton p 91-92
- Fear and Trembling p. 5 Hong 1983
- Repetition p. 131-132 Hong 1983
- And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.Rev 7.1 KJV
- Concluding Unscientific Postscript p. 194-197
- 18 Discourses 1843 Hong 1990 p. 407
- Fear and Trembling Hong 1983 p. 236 Repetition Hong 1983 p. 272
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 56
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 59-60
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 72-75
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 84
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 87
- Most current Bibles use cover instead of hide http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter+4&version=KJV
- Journals and Papers III 3394 1842-1844?
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 57
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 60-61
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 64
- 18 Dis p. 74 Hong 1990
- 18 Dis p. 72-73 Hong 1990
- Matthew 19:19 Jesus replied, "'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'" The Bible NIV - compare different translations here http://www.biblegateway.com/
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 72-73
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 76
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 71-72
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 74-758
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 77
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 80
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, p. 85-86
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 88-95
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. 93
- Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments Volume I, 259-60
- Either/Or part 2 p. 47
- Walter Lowrie, A Short Life of Kierkegaard p. 197
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses Hong 1990 p. xxi-xxii
- Edifying Discourses 4 vols. Translated by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson, Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1943 - 46 43015536.
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, Søren Kierkegaard 1843-1844 Copyright 1990 by Howard V. Hong Princeton University Press
- The literature and romance of northern Europe: constituting a complete history of the literature of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with copious specimens of the most celebrated histories, romances (1852)p. 239-240
- Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, by Søren Kierkegaard], Princeton University Press. Hong, 1990
- Fear and Trembling/Repetition; Copyright 1843 Søren Kierkegaard – Kierkegaard’s Writings; 6 – copyright 1983 – Howard V. Hong
- Edifying Discourses, by Søren Kierkegaard, Vol. I, Translated from the Danish by David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson, Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1943
- Kierkegaard's Writings, III, Part I: Either/Or. Part I. Translated by Howard and Edna Hong. Princeton, 1988, ISBN 978-0-691-02041-9 (Hong)
- Walter Lowrie, A Short Life of Kierkegaard Princeton University Press 1942, 1970 ISBN 0-691-01957-6
- Quotations related to Three Upbuilding Discourses, 1843 at Wikiquote
- Love Will Cover a Multitude of Sins – David F. Swenson translation
- William Howitt, "The literature and romance of northern Europe: constituting a complete history of the literature of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with copious specimens of the most celebrated histories, romances (1852)". Retrieved 2010-09-06.