Kierkegaard On Martyrs of Truth.
Below is an excerpt from, "The Soul of Kierkegaard: Selections from His Journals." Edited by Alexander Dru. Dover Publications, Inc: Mineola, New York. 2003. Pg. 201-202.
. . . No, instead of wishing, like the young man, to tear away the veil from divinity, I wish to tear the veil from human twaddle and from the conceited self-complacency with which men try to convince themselves and others that man really wants to know the truth. No, every man is more or less afraid of the truth; and that is what is human, for truth is related to being "spirit" --- and that is very hard for flesh and blood and the physical lust for knowledge to bear. Between man and truth lies mortification---you see why we are all more or less afraid.