“The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.” 

Paul Tillich

True courage lies in embracing and accepting oneself, flaws and all.

Paul Tillich, a prominent theologian and philosopher, delves deep into the concept of existential courage—the courage to exist as one’s true self. This quote speaks to the profound act of self-acceptance, especially in the face of societal norms and expectations that might deem us “unacceptable.” Tillich’s insight invites us to consider the bravery required to stand firm in our identity and beliefs, even when it means facing rejection or judgment. It’s a reminder that the essence of bravery is not just in grandiose acts but in the quiet, persistent effort to be authentic and true to oneself.

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