Paul Tillich (1886-1965)

“The first duty of love is to listen.”

“He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.”

“Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.”

“Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.”

“The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself as accepted in spite of being unacceptable.”

“I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of God without embarrassment.”

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

“Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith.”

“Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.”

“Neurosis is the way of avoiding non-being by avoiding being.”

“Boredom is rage spread thin.”

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.”

“There is no love which does not become help.”

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.”

“The awareness of the ambiguity of one’s highest achievements (as well as one’s deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.”

“Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.”

“The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.”

“Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.”

“We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea. Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea.”

“Astonishment is the root of philosophy.”

“Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life.”

“Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned”

“Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.”

“Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.”

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”

“Man’s ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.”

“If my tongue were trained to measures, I would sing a stirring song.”

 

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