Paul Tillich Quotes

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The first duty of love is to listen.
— Paul Tillich

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Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
— Paul Tillich

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A man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.
— Paul Tillich
Happiness is possible even in pain and suffering. But pleasure alone can never create happiness.
— Paul Tillich
He who risks and fails can be forgiven.  He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.

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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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The weakness of the fanatic is that those whom he fights have a secret hold upon him; and to this weakness he and his group finally succumb.

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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.

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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

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Our language has wisely sensed these two sides of man's 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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