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.
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
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.
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements, as well as one's deepest failures is a definite symptom of maturity.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.
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 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.
Destiny is not a strange power which determines what shall happen to me. It is myself as given, formed by nature, history, and myself. My destiny is the basis of my freedom; my freedom participates in shaping my destiny.
Every institution is inherently demonic.
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.
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.
The fatal pedagogical error is to throw answers like stones at the heads of those who have not yet asked the questions.
Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.
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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 courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
God does not exist. He is being-itself beyond essence and existence. Therefore to argue that God exists is to deny him.
One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life.
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!
Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.
There is no love which does not become help.
Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.
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.
The affirmation of one's essential being in spite of desires and anxieties creates joy.
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.
Culture (science) is the form of religion; Religion is the substance of culture (science).
Forgiving presupposes remembering.
There is no place to which we could flee from God, which is outside of God.
Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.
The separation of faith and love is always a consequence of a deterioration of religion.
...history has shown that the most terrible crimes against love have been committed in the name of fanatically defended doctrines.
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.
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."
Man is able to decide for or against reason, he is able to create beyond reason or to destroy below reason
In the depth of the anxiety of having to die is the anxiety of being eternally forgotten.
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.
The name of this infinite and inexhaustible depth and ground of all being is God.