From an article in a local Danish periodical Kierkegaard writes,
Would it be best now to ‘stop ringing the fire alarm’? This proposal has been made to me. However, I cannot in this respect humour anybody (supposing it is I who am ringing the bell); it would be inexcusable to leave off tolling as long as the fire is burning. But strictly speaking it is not I who am ringing the bell, it is I who am starting the fire.