Best Quotes by Most Influential Teologian Paul Tillich

Paul Johannes Tillich was a German philosopher and known as the most influential person of that time. His Quotes mainly focuses on the Inspiring, Motivating and Challenging factors with an intention to guide people in their life.

Find here the top collection of  Philosopher Paul Tillich

  • Boredom is rage spread thin.
  • The first duty of love is to listen.
  • Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
  • Our spirituality is the ground of our being.
  • Faith embraces itself and the doubt about itself.
  • He who knows about depth knows about God.
  • Love is the infinite which is given to the finite.
  • The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
  • For love … is the blood of life, the power of reunion in the separated.
  • Wine is like the incarnation–it is both divine and human
  • I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of God without embarrassment.
  • Where there is faith there is an awareness of holiness.
  • Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
  • Boredom is rage spread thin.
  • Every institution is inherently demonic.
  • Astonishment is the root oaf philosophy.
  • Fear is the absence of faith.
  • Doubt is the necessary tool of knowledge.
  • Forgiving presupposes remembering.
  • Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
  • Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.
  • Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
  • Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.
  • There is no condition for forgiveness.
  • There is no love which does not become help.
  • The name of this infinite and inexhaustible depth and ground of all being is God.
  • Only the philosophical question is perennial, not the answers.
  • In the depth of the anxiety of having to die is the anxiety of being eternally forgotten.
  • The separation of faith and love is always a consequence of a deterioration of religion.
  • Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.
  • There is no place to which we could flee from God, which is outside of God.
  • The affirmation of one’s essential being in spite of desires and anxieties creates joy.
  • Culture (science) is the form of religion; Religion is the substance of culture (science).
  • Cynically speaking, one could say that it is true to life to be cynical about it.
  • Loneliness can be conquered only by those who can bear solitude.
  • Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.
  • Neurosis is the way of avoiding non-being by avoiding being.
  • Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.
  • Courage is a greater virtue than love. At best, it takes courage to love.
  • If my tongue were trained to measures, I would sing a stirring song.
  • The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority.
  • Man and nature belong together in their created glory – in their tragedy and in their salvation.
  • Parents need to listen as much to their kids as they do to them: “The first duty of love is to listen.
  • Wisdom loves the children of men, but she prefers those who come through foolishness to wisdom.
  • He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.
  • 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.
  • Since the last decades of the nineteenth century, revolt against the objectified world has determined the character of art and literature.
  • The anxiety of fate is conquered by the self-affirmation of the individual as an infinitely significant microcosmic representation of the universe .
  • In the courageous standing of uncertainty, faith shows most visibly its dynamic character.
  • 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.
  • Man’s ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.
  • In Calvinism and sectarianism man became more and more transformed into an abstract moral subject, as in Descartes he was considered an epistemological subject.
  • Nothing truly real is forgotten eternally, because everything real comes from eternity and goes to eternity.
  • The awareness of the ambiguity of one’s highest achievements, as well as one’s deepest failures is a definite symptom of maturity.
  • Knowledge of that which concerns us infinitely is possible only in an attitude of infinite concern.
  • Morality [or ethics] is not a subject; it is a life put to the test in dozens of moments.
  • Anxiety may consist of the loss of psychological or spiritual meaning which is identified with one’s existence as a self, i.e., the threat of meaninglessness.
  • Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
  • The first duty of love is to listen.
  • The fatal pedagogical error is to throw answers like stones at the heads of those who have not yet asked the questions.
  • He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.
  • One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life.
  • Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.
  • I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of God without embarrassment.
  • The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.
  • 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.
  • Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.
  • Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
  • The basic anxiety, the anxiety of a finite being about the threat of non-being, cannot be eliminated. It belongs to existence itself.
  • Man is not what he believes himself to be in his conscious decisions.Man is not what he believes himself to be in his conscious decisions.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Accept the fact that you are accepted, despite the fact that you are unacceptable.
  • 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.
  • But freedom is the possibility of a total and centered act of the personality, an act in which all the drives and influences which constitute the destiny of man are brought into the centered unity of a decision.
  • 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.
  • Man is able to decide for or against reason, he is able to create beyond reason or to destroy below reason
  • Enthusiasm for the universe, in knowing as well as in creating, also answers the question of doubt and meaninglessness. Doubt is the necessary tool of knowledge. And meaninglessness is no threat so long as enthusiasm for the universe and for man as its center is alive.
  • The most intimate motions within the depths of our souls are not completely our own. For they belong also to our friends, to humankind, to the universe, and the Ground of all being, the aim of our life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.’
  • The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
  • 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.
  • God does not exist. He is being-itself beyond essence and existence. Therefore to argue that God exists is to deny him.
  • 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.
  • In this respect fundamentalism has demonic traits. It destroys the humble honesty of the search for truth, it splits the conscience of its thoughtful adherents, and it makes them fanatical because they are forced to suppress elements of truth of which they are dimly aware
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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