“Those who think entirely in terms of the world succeed at success. They can never succeed at failure. But Christianity is the Religion of Failure. It is the triumph of hopelessness.” (1928)
“Hope can only be wanted when we despair sufficiently. Today we do not yet despair sufficiently – it is a half-way affair, clinging to an old faith like a fairy-tale. Only when we are honest enough to acknowledge our very patent loss of faith, can we recover it again through Hope and Love.” (1939)
“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’ It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.” (1941)
“There is no hope for mankind.
But there is every hope for an individual man.” (1930)
“Today we forget that Christ came not only because man needed hope for eternal beatitude but that he was also the historic concrete answer to the desire of the wildest imagination: the appearance on earth of a God-man. History united to myth.” (1960)