Paul Tillich Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old paul tillich quotes, paul tillich sayings, and paul tillich proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Paul Tillich

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

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

The first duty of love is to listen.     

Paul Tillich

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

Paul Tillich

The first duty of love is to listen.     

Paul Tillich

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

Paul Tillich

Boredom is rage spread thin.     

Paul Tillich

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

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

Paul Tillich

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

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Forgiving presupposes remembering.     

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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

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

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

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.     

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

Paul Tillich

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.     

Paul Tillich

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

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.     

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Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life.     

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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 awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements, as well as one's deepest failures is a definite symptom of maturity.     

Paul Tillich

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.     

Paul Tillich

Being human means asking the questions of one's own being and living under the impact of the answers given to this question. And, conversely, being human means receiving answers to the questions of one's own being and asking questions under the impact of the answers.     

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

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

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

Paul Tillich

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

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