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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God
It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.
The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have.
A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized prayer is listening.
For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith.
It is not where we breathe, but where we Love, that we live.
Once you label me you negate me.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it.
Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
It is better to try something and fail than to try nothing and succeed. The result may be the same, but you won't be. We always grow more through defeats than victories.
The question is not "To be or not to be," it is what we should be until we are not.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
Hope is passion for what is possible.
To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.
Take a chance and you may lose. Take not a chance and you have lost already.
The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.
The object of (Christian) faith is not the teaching but the Teacher.
The more people who believe something, the more apt it is to be wrong. The person who's right often has to stand alone.
The unhappy person is never present to themself because they always live in the past or the future.
Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly smile.
The self-assured believer is a greater sinner in the eyes of God than the troubled disbeliever.
The thing that cowardice fears most is decision
If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.
Are you not aware that there comes a midnight hour when everyone must unmask...
Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake?
A road well begun is the battle half won. The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way.
I'm so misunderstood that people misunderstand me even when I tell them I'm misunderstood.
Confidence is the present tense of hope.
Happiness is the greatest hiding place for despair.
God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
The door to happiness opens outward.
Man is spirit. But what is spirit? Spirit is the self. But what is the self? The self is a relation which relates itself to itself.
The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself.
Do it or don't do it - you will regret both.
Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.
Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.
The truth is lived before it is understood. It must be fought for, tested, and appropriated. Truth is the way... Anyone will easily understand it if he just gives himself to it.
The human race in the course of time has taken the liberty of softening and softening Christianity until at last we have contrived to make it exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.
There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.
O Luther, you had 95 theses . . . The matter is far more terrible-there is only one thesis. The Christianity of the New Testament does not exist at all. Here there is nothing to reform.