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Paul Tillich Quotes

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

"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."

"The first duty of love is to listen."

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

"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."

"Astonishment is the root of philosophy."

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

"The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity."
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"Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith."

"There is no love which does not become help."

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

"I loved thee beautiful and kind, And plighted an eternal vow; So altered are thy face and mind, t'were perjury to love thee now!"

"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."

"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."

"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."

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