Paul Tillich 經典名言 (二)

“And so we use them for a kind of pleasure which can be called “fun.” But it is not the creative kind of fun often connected with play; it is, rather, a shallow, distracting, greedy way of “having fun.” And it is not by chance that it is that type of fun which can easily be commercialized, for it is dependent on calculable reactions, without passion, without risk, without love. Of all the dangers that threaten our civilization, this is one of the most dangerous ones: the escape from one’s emptiness through a “fun” which makes joy impossible.
― Paul Tillich, The New Being

“the courage to die is the test of the courage to be.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Man is able to decide for or against reason, he is able to create beyond reason or to destroy below reason”
― Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith

“We must be ourselves, we must decide where to go.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“…only the philosophical question is perennial, not the answers.”
― Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith

“The neurotic is aware of the danger of a situation in which his unrealistic self-affirmation is broken down and no realistic self-affirmation takes its place.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“…sin is separation.”
― Paul Tillich, The Essential Tillich

“Reason is the presupposition of faith, and faith is the fulfillment of reason.”
― Paul Tillich

“The existential attitude is one of involvement in contrast to a merely theoretical or detached attitude. “Existential” in this sense can be defined as participating in a situation, especially a cognitive situation, with the whole of one’s existence….There are realms of reality or—more exactly—of abstraction from reality in which the most complete detachment is the adequate cognitive approach. Everything which can be expressed in terms of quantitative measurement has this character. But it is most inadequate to apply the same approach to reality in its infinite concreteness. A self which has become a matter of calculation and management has ceased to be a self. It has become a thing. You must participate in a self in order to know what it is. But by participating you change it. In all existential knowledge both subject and object are transformed by the very act of knowing.”
― Paul Tillich

“No self-acceptance is possible if one is not accepted in a person-to-person relation.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Cynically speaking, one could say that it is true to life to be cynical about it.

― Paul Tillich

“Paul Tillich – Loneliness & Solitude: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain to pray: and when the evening was come, he was alone” – Matthew 14.23.


‘He was there alone.’ So are we. Man [humankind] is alone because he/[she] is man [human]. In some way every creature is alone…Loneliness can be conqured only by those who can bear solitude (1973:15 & 20).


To overcome ‘our’ sense of aloness is a life long pursuite – let us not despair in its pursuite!”
― Paul Tillich, Boundaries of Our Being


“He who participates in God participates in eternity.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Man creates what he is.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Man lives ‘in’ meanings, in that which is valid logically, esthetically, religiously. The most fundamental expression of this fact is the language which gives man the power to abstract from the concretely given and, after having abstracted from it, to return to it, to interpret and transform it. The most vital being is the being which has the word and is by the word liberated from bondage to the given.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith”
― Paul Tillich

“real joy is a “severe matter”; it is the happiness of a soul which is “lifted above every circumstance.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Wine is like the incarnation-it is both divine and human.”
― Paul Tillich

“The typical American, after he has lost the foundations of his existence, works for new foundations”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“In the state of despair there is nobody and nothing that accepts. But there is the power of acceptance itself which is experienced. Meaninglessness, as long as it is experienced, includes an experience of the “power of acceptance”. To accept this power of acceptance consciously is the religious answer of absolute faith, of a faith which has been deprived by doubt of any concrete content, which nevertheless is faith and the source of the most paradoxical manifestation of the courage to be.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“The fact that man never is satisfied with any stage of his finite development, the fact that nothing finite can hold him, although finitude is his destiny, indicates the indissoluble relation of everything finite to being-itself.”
― Paul Tillich

“Reasoning as a limited cognitive function, detached from the personal center, never could create courage. One cannot remove anxiety by arguing it away.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“For encountering God means encountering transcendent security and transcendent eternity.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“the courage to accept oneself as accepted in spite of being unacceptable…. This is the genuine meaning of the Pauline-Lutheran doctrine of ‘justification by faith”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“The basic error of fundamentalism is that it overlooks the contribution of the receptive side in the revelatory situation and consequently identifies one individual and conditioned form of receiving the divine with the divine itself.”
― Paul Tillich, Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality

Truth without the way to truth is dead.
― Paul Tillich

“Man is essentially ‘finite freedom’; freedom not in the sense of indeterminacy but in the sense of being able to determine himself through decisions in the center of his being. Man, as finite freedom, is free within the contingencies of his finitude. But within these limits he is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become, to fulfill his destiny.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be

“Providence,” he argues, “is not a theory about some activities of God; it is the religious symbol of the courage of confidence with respect to fate and death.”
― Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be