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Paul Tillich Quotes

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 is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.

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.

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

Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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