A clergyman has to recite every Sunday the prescribed prayer,
or he has to baptize several children every Sunday. Now suppose he is
enthusiastic, etc.—the fire goes out; he will thrill and move people, but
at one time more, at another less. Onlyis capable of coming
back regularly every Sunday with the same originality to the same

But this same thing to which seriousness must return with the same
seriousness can only be seriousness itself, otherwise it becomes
pedantry. In this sense seriousness means the personality itself, and only
a serious personality is a real personality, and only a serious personality
can do anything seriously, for to do something seriously one needs first
of all to know what is the object to which seriousness is directed.

Soren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Dread



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