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Paul Tillich
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Love is the infinite which is given to the finite. Paul Tillich

Every institution is inherently demonic. Paul Tillich

One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life, the power of reunion of the separated. Paul Tillich

The character of human life, like the character of the human condition, like the character of all life, is ambiguity : the inseparable mixture of good and evil, the true and false, the creative and destructive forces - both individual and social. Paul Tillich

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

One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life. Paul Tillich

Genuine forgiveness is participation, reunion overcoming the powers of estrangement. . . We cannot love unless we have accepted forgiveness, and the deeper our experience of forgiveness is, the greater is our love. Paul Tillich

Faith as the state of being ultimately concerned implies love, namely, the desire and urge toward the reunion of the seperated. Paul Tillich

Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude. Paul Tillich

All things and all people, so to speak, call on us with small or loud voices. They want us to listen. They want us to understand their intrinsic claims, their justice of being. But we can give it to them only through the love that listens. Paul Tillich

There is faith in every serious doubt, namely, the faith in the truth as such, even if the only truth we can express is our lack of truth. Paul Tillich

Mystical identification transcends the aristocratic virtue of courageous self-sacrifice. It is self- surrender in a higher, more complete, and more complete and more radical form. It is the perfect form of self-affirmation. Paul Tillich

experience of the power of being which is present even in the face of the most radical manifestation of non being. Paul Tillich

Cynically speaking, one could say that it is true to life to be cynical about it. Paul Tillich

[A] process was going on in which people were transformed into things, into pieces of reality which pure science can calculate and technical science can control. ... [T]he safety which is guaranteed by well-functioning mechanisms for the technical control of nature, by the refined psychological control of the person, by the rapidly increasing organizational control of society - this safety is bought at a high price: man, for whom all this was invented as a means, becomes a means himself in the service of means. Paul Tillich

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

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

Wisdom loves the children of men, but she prefers those who come through foolishness to wisdom. Paul Tillich

Forgiving presupposes remembering. And it creates a forgetting not in the natural way we forget yesterday's weather, but in the way of the great "in spite of" that says: I forget although I remember. Without this kind of forgetting no human relationship can endure healthily. I don't refer to a solemn act of asking for and offering forgiveness. Such rituals as sometimes occur between parents and children, or friends, or man and wife, are often acts of moral arrogance on the one part and enforced humiliation on the other. But I speak of the lasting willingness to accept him who has hurt us. Paul Tillich

Why does philosophy use concepts and why does faith use symbols if both try to express the same ultimate? The answer, of course, is that the relation to the ultimate is not the same in each case. The philosophical relation is in principle a detached description of the basic structure in which the ultimate manifests itself. The relation of faith is in principle an involved expression of concern about the meaning of the ultimate for the faithful. Paul Tillich

Only the philosophical question is perennial, not the answers. Paul Tillich

Faith embraces itself and the doubt about itself. Paul Tillich

Grace strikes us when we are in great pain ....Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying, 'You are accepted.' Paul Tillich

The name of this infinite and inexhaustible depth and ground of all being is God. Paul Tillich

Doubt is the necessary tool of knowledge. Paul Tillich

One of the unfortunate consequences of the intellectualization of man's spiritual life was that the word "spirit" was lost and replaced by mind or intellect, and that the element of vitality which is present in "spirit" was separated and interpreted as an independent biological force. Man was divided into a bloodless intellect and a meaningless vitality. The middle ground between them, the spiritual soul, in which vitality and intentionality are united, was dropped. Paul Tillich

The courage to be as oneself within the atmosphere of Enlightenment is the courage to affirm oneself as a bridge from a lower to a higher state of rationality. It is obvious that this kind of courage to be must become conformist the moment its revolutionary attack on that which contradicts reason has ceased, namely in the victorious bourgeoisie. Paul Tillich

The joy about our work is spoiled when we perform it not because of what we produce but because of the pleasure with which it can provide us, or the pain against which it can protect us. Paul Tillich

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

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. Paul Tillich

The abundance of a grateful heart gives honor to God even if it does not turn to Him in words. An unbeliever who is filled with thanks for his very being has ceased to be an unbeliever. Paul Tillich

The citizens of a city are not guilty of the crimes committed in their city; but they are guilty as participants in the destiny of [humanity] as a whole and in the destiny of their city in particular; for their acts in which freedom was united with destiny have contributed to the destiny in which they participate. They are guilty, not of committing the crimes of which their group is accused, but of contributing to the destiny in which these crimes happened. Paul Tillich

Every person, every place and every action is qualified by this association with the unconditional; it penetrates every moment of daily life and sanctifies it: "The Universe is God's sanctuary. Every work day is a day of the Lord, every supper is a Lord's supper, every work a fulfillment of the divine task, every joy a joy in God. In all preliminary concerns, ultimate concern is present, consecrating them." Paul Tillich

In the depth of the anxiety of having to die is the anxiety of being eternally forgotten. Paul Tillich

The vitality that can stand the abyss of meaninglessness is aware of a hidden meaning within the destruction of meaning. Paul Tillich

God does not exist. He is being-itself beyond essence and existence. Therefore to argue that God exists is to deny him. Paul Tillich

Man is not what he believes himself to be in his conscious decisions. Paul Tillich

Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life. Paul Tillich

In a man like Friedrich von Schlegel the courage to be as an individual self produced complete neglect of participation, but it also produced, in reaction to the emptiness of this self-affirmation, the desire to return to a collective. Schlegel, and with him many extreme individualists in the last hundred years, became Roman Catholics. The courage to be as oneself broke down, and one turned to an institutional embodiment of the courage to be as a part. Paul Tillich

In Calvinism and sectarianism man became more and more transformed into an abstract moral subject, as in Descartes he was considered an epistemological subject. Paul Tillich

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. Paul Tillich

Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned. Paul Tillich

There is no love which does not become help. Paul Tillich

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

Faith as ultimate concern is an act of the total personality. It happens in the center of the personal life and includes all its elements. Faith is the most centered act of the human mind. It is not a movement of a special section or a special function of (our) total being. They all are united in the act of faith. Paul Tillich

Man is able to decide for or against reason, he is able to create beyond reason or to destroy below reason Paul Tillich

You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted! Paul Tillich

man is free, in so far as he has the power of contradicting himself and his essential nature. Man is free even from his freedom; that is, he can surrender his humanity Paul Tillich

Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful. Paul Tillich

We have to build a better man before we can build a better society. All that is necessary for the ? triumph of ? evil is that good people do nothing. Our ? purpose is not to make a living but a life - a worthy, well-rounded, useful life. ? Morality is not a subject; it is a life put to the test in dozens of moments. Paul Tillich

Culture (science) is the form of religion; Religion is the substance of culture (science). Paul Tillich

Fear, as opposed to anxiety, has a definite object, which can be faced, analyzed, attacked, endured... anxiety has no object, or rather, in a paradoxical phrase, its object is the negation of every object. Paul Tillich

He who knows about depth knows about God. Paul Tillich

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

Love that cares, listens. Paul Tillich

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

Knowledge of that which concerns us infinitely is possible only in an attitude of infinite concern. Paul Tillich

I have given no definition of love. This is impossible, because there is no higher principle by which it could be defined. It is life itself in its actual unity. The forms and structures in which love embodies itself are the forms and structures in which love overcomes its self-destructive forces. Paul Tillich

Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundations and the temporal situation in which the eternal truth must be received. Paul Tillich

The affirmation of one's essential being in spite of desires and anxieties creates joy. Paul Tillich

There is no condition for forgiveness. Paul Tillich

absolute faith is the dependence of the experience of nonbeing on the experience on being and the dependence of the experience of meaninglessness on the experience of meaning. even in the state of despair one has enough being to make despair possible. Paul Tillich

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity. Paul Tillich

The anxiety of fate is conquered by the self-affirmation of the individual as an infinitely significant microcosmic representation of the universe . Paul Tillich

Wine is like the incarnation-it is both divine and human Paul Tillich

The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority. Paul Tillich

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. Paul Tillich

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. Paul Tillich

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

Out of the element of participation follows the certainty of faith; out of the element of separation follows the doubt in faith. And each is essential for the nature of faith. Sometimes certainty conquers doubt, but it cannot eliminate doubt. The conquered of today may become the conqueror of tomorrow. Sometimes doubt conquers faith, but it still contains faith. Otherwise it would be indifference. Paul Tillich

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