"But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Helen Keller
"Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness."
"Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance."
"Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man."
"We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it."
"It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses, and bearing it as one's treasure will not win one anyone's favours one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone's camp... Beauty is the word that shall be our first."