Timeless and remarkable
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) said: "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."
For those not familiar with the work of Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, theologian and writer, who is widely regarded as being the father of existentialist philosophy, this is an excellent starting point. The introduction by Alexander Dru, the translator and editor, should be of special interest to all Kierkegaard's followers.
Kierkegaard's views and thoughts on a variety of subjects, particularly consumerism and materialism, are timeless and remarkable. He was only 42 when he died.