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only the noble of heart are called to difficulty
May 4, 2010, 3:11 pm
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Some quotes just stick with me. This is one of them, and I have to jot this down somewhere permanently so that I will not forget it. It is interesting to note that this is not even an accurate quote. I got this from watching Craig Ferguson during his chat with Claire Danes on the philosopher Jonathan Dancy where he quoted his epic line which he claims comes from Kierkegaard. I Googled the exact line and realised that he was not very accurate at all. The exact line is, according to trusty wikiquote, as follows:

The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted.

Equally meaningful I guess, but the message is different and the line is definitely less punchy. Ferguson’s suggest a certain divine purposefulness and justification for difficulties experienced, whereas the original implies active choosing to engage in the difficult. Quite a big gap between passive exposure to difficulties and active pursuit of the next summit.


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Shame on u for slandering the great name of craig ferguson. If you were an actual reader of the works of kierkegaard u would know that in fact both quotes are attributed to him. Go ahead and look it up and apologize to craig for all the fans who may now think he invented a quote to sound smart. How dare u.

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