"Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Hans Urs von Balthasar on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Hans Urs von Balthasar on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Hans Urs von Balthasar on Albert Camus
"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."