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    If there had been no fear of failure, neither would there be any joy in success.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: failure  fear  joy  success 
     
    Life can become once more a grand adventure if we will surrender it to god. He brings one adventure to an end, only to open another to us. With him we must be ready for anything.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: adventure  god 
     
    To be right is dangerous, it has ever been the source of all intolerance.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: right  dangerous 
     
    ...the highest sign of friendship is that of giving another the privilege of sharing your inner thought.
    — Paul Tournier
    People are reluctant to talk about old age and death because they are afraid of emotion, and they willingly avoid the things they feel most emotional about, though these are the very things they most need to talk about.
    — Paul Tournier
    At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.
    — Paul Tournier
    Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual.
    — Paul Tournier
    Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: secret 
     
    We are nearly always longing for an easy religion, easy to understand and easy to follow; a religion with no mystery, no insoluble problems,no snags; a religion that would allow us to escape from our miserable human condition; a religion in which contact with God spares us all strife, all uncertainty,all suffering and all doubt; in short, a religion without a cross
    — Paul Tournier
    Your manner of life now is already determining your life in those years of old age and retirement, without your realizing it even, and perhaps without your giving enough thought to it. One must therefore prepare oneself for retirement.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: thoughts  oneself  age  giving  year 
     
    What happens then is like what happens when we separate a jigsaw puzzle into its fuve hundred pieces: The over-all picture disappears. This is the state of modern medicine: It has lost the sense of the unity of man. Such is the price it has paid for its scientific progress. It has sacrificed art to science.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: men  progress  lost 
     
    Our task is to live our personal communion with Christ with such intensity as to make it contagious.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: live  personal  christ 
     
    It is quite clear that between love and understanding there is a very close link...He who loves understands, and he who understands loves. One who feels understood feels loved, and one who feels loved feels sure of being understood.
    — Paul Tournier
    Christian faith does not involve repressing one's anxiety in order to appear strong. On the contrary, it means recognizing one's weakness, accepting the inward truth about oneself, confessing one's anxiety, and still to believe, that is to say that the Christian puts his trust not in his own strength, but in the grace of God.
    — Paul Tournier
    God leads us step by step, from event to event. Only afterward, as we look back over the way we have come and reconsider certain important moments in our lives in the light of all that has followed them, or when we survey the whole progress of our lives, do we experience the feeling of having been led without knowing it, the feeling that God has mysteriously guided us.
    — Paul Tournier
    Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.
    — Paul Tournier
    That is what marriage really means; helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: marriage 
     
    There are two things we cannot do alone. One is to be married and the other is to be a Christian.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: alone  christian 
     
    The adventurous life is not one exempt from fear, but on the contrary, one that is lived in full knowledge of fears of all kinds, one in which we go forward in spite of our fears.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: fear 
     
    In order to really understand, we need to listen, not reply. We need to listen long and attentively. In order to help anybody to open his heart we have to give him time, asking only a few questions, as carefully as possible in order to help him better explain his experience.
    — Paul Tournier
    Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
    — Paul Tournier
    The experience of being in between-between the time we leave home and arrive at our destination; between the time we leave adolescence and arrive at adulthood; between the time we leave doubt and arrive at faith. It is like the time when a trapeze artist lets go the bars and hangs in midair, ready to catch another support: it is a time of danger, of expectation, of uncertainty, of excitement, or extraordinary aliveness.
    — Paul Tournier
    Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids - all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: career  school  kids 
     
    I am convinced that nine out of every ten persons seeing a psychiatrist do not need one. They need someone who will love them with God's love...and they will get well.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: seeing  god 
     
    The more refined and subtle our minds, the more vulnerable they are.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: mind 
     
    Let us not seek to bring religion to others, but let us endeavor to live it ourselves.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: live 
     
    The worst thing is not being wrong, but being sure one is not wrong.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: wrong 
     
    The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith. By obedience, the man is led step by step to correct his errors, whereas nothing will ever happen to him if he doesn't get going.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: men  mistakes  faith 
     
    Woe to the man who tries to remain objective and to maintain a wide perspective: every one will label him as an enemy.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: enemies  men  enemy 
     
    We are always looking for a grand program of action full of great ideas, when the thing is to begin by obeying the little ideas.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: action  ideas 
     
    Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject's vitality.
    — Paul Tournier
    No one can develop freely in this world and find a full life without feeling understood by at least one person.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: people  world 
     
    Many ordinary illnesses are nothing but the expression of a serious dissatisfaction with life.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: illness 
     
    Listen to all the conversations of our world, between nations as well as between individuals. They are, for the most part, dialogues of the deaf.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: world 
     
    The real meaning of travel, like that of a conversation by the fireside, is the discovery of oneself through contact with other people, and its condition is self-commitment in the dialogue.
    — Paul Tournier
    We do not posses God. We find him periodically.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: god 
     
    Marriage teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, meekness, and a great many other things you wouldn't need if you had stayed single.
    — Paul Tournier
    tags: loyalty  marriage 
     
    God's favorites, especially God's favorites, are not immune from the bewildering times when God seems silent. Where there is no longer any opportunity for doubt, there is no longer any opportunity for faith either. Faith demands uncertainty, confusion. The Bible includes many proofs of God's concern - some quite spectacular - but no guarantess. A guarantee would, after all, preclude faith.
    — Paul Tournier
    The price that has to be paid for finding truly personal life is a very high one. It is a price in terms of the acceptance of responsibility. And the awareness of responsibility inevitably leads either to despair or to confession and grace.
    — Paul Tournier
    The most tragic consequence of our criticism of a man is to block his way to humiliation and grace, precisely to drive him into the mechanisms of self justification and into his faults instead of freeing him from them. For him, our voice drowns the voice of God.
    — Paul Tournier
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