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Quotes of the day: Paul Tillich

Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 10:59 PM EDT
Aug 19 2014

Paul Johannes Tillich (August 20, 1886 – October 22, 1965) was a German American Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian who is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. Among the general public, he is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of Faith (1957), which introduced issues of theology and modern culture to a general readership. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.

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

Boredom is rage spread thin.

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.

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

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Even loneliness is not absolute loneliness because the contents of the universe are in him.

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

In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware.

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life.

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

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

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

Nothing truly real is forgotten eternally, because everything real comes from eternity and goes to eternity.

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.

Sometimes doubt conquers faith, but it still contains faith. Otherwise it would be indifference.

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.

The first duty of love is to listen.

The truth of faith cannot be confirmed by latest physical or biological or psychological discoveries- as it cannot be denied by them.

There is no love which does not become help.

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Quotes of the day: John Dryden

Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 3:54 AM EDT
Aug 19 2014

John Dryden (August 19, 1631 - May 12, 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth.

All delays are dangerous in war.

All heiresses are beautiful.

Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.

Beware the fury of a patient man.

Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense,
But good men starve for want of impudence.

Burn daylight.

But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little, and who talk too much.

Content with poverty, my soul I arm;
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
To be we know not what, we know not where.

Either be wholly slaves or wholly free.

Even victors are by victories undone.

For present joys are more to flesh and blood
Than a dull prospect of a distant good.

Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

I am resolved to grow fat, and look young till forty.

Mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of nature, though everything is altered.

None but the brave deserves the fair.

Nor is the people's judgment always true:
The most may err as grossly as the few.

Of all the tyrannies on human kind
The worst is that which persecutes the mind.

Pains of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.

Repentance is but want of power to sin.

Secret guilt by silence is betrayed.

Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.

Successful crimes alone are justified.

Sweet is pleasure after pain.

The wretched have no friends.

There is a pleasure sure
In being mad, which none but madmen know!

Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!

War is the trade of Kings.

War seldom enters but where wealth allures.

What passion cannot Music raise and quell?

With how much ease believe we what we wish!

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