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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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