Skip to content

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

My quest for the eternal lightness

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

– Mark Twain – Notebook, 1904


Truth is a power. But one can see that only in rare instances, because it is suffering and must be defeated as long as it is truth. When it has become victorious others will join it. Why? Because it is truth? No, if it had been for that reason they would have joined it also when it was suffering. Therefore, they do not join it because it has power. They join it after it has become a power because others had joined it.

– Soren Kierkegaard