quality of being directed toward the interior

Inwardness is the quality of being directed toward the interior.


  • If a person incurred some greater guilt but also improved and year by year steadily made progress in the good, it is certain that year after year, with greater inwardness-all in proportion to his progress in the greater inwardness-he will repent of that guilt from which he year after year distances himself in the temporal sense.
    • Søren Kierkegaard, Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits (1846), Hong translation, p. 17.

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