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Can anyone help me with a source for this quote? Many thanks for any assistance...
 
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You should live your life forward and understand in the past.~Sören Kirkegard

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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
 
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"It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards. And if one thinks over that proposition it becomes more and more evident that life can never really understood in time simply because at no particular moment can I find the necessary resting place from which to understand it—backwards."
~ Søren Kierkegaard

This is commonly (but INCORRECTLY) quoted as
"We live forward but understand backwards."

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“We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.”
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