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.
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.
The first duty of love is to listen.
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.
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.
I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of God without embarrassment.
Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
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's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.
He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.
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