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

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

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.
- Paul Tillich

Boredom is rage spread thin.
- Paul Tillich

Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude
expresses the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

 

Neurosis is the way of avoiding non-being by avoiding being.
- Paul Tillich

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.
- Paul Tillich

If my tongue were trained to measures,
I would sing a stirring song.
- Paul Tillich

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I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of
God without embarrassment.
- Paul Tillich

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself,
in spite of being unacceptable.
- Paul Tillich

Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by,
and turned to, the infinite.
- Paul Tillich

There is no love which does not become help.
- Paul Tillich

Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.
- Paul Tillich

Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed
to become to fulfill his destiny.
- Paul Tillich

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
- Paul Tillich

He who risks and fails can be forgiven.
He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.
- Paul Tillich

The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears
when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.
- Paul Tillich

Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.
- Paul Tillich

Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
- Paul Tillich

Being religious means asking passionately the question
of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers,
even if the answers hurt.
- Paul Tillich

Man's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically,
because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.
- Paul Tillich

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.
- Paul Tillich

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.
- Paul Tillich

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

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern,
a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary
and which itself contains the answer to the question
of a meaning of our life.
- Paul Tillich

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith


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