With the disappearance of God the Ego moves forward to become the sole divinity.

— Dorothee Solle

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Death is what takes place within us when we look upon others not as gift, blessing, or stimulus but as threat, danger, competition.


toleration of exploitation, oppression, and injustice points to a condition lying like a pall over the whole of society; it is apathy, an unconcern that is incapable of suffering.


The more people anticipate the elimination of suffering the less strength they have actually to oppose it. Whoever deals with his personal suffering only in the way our society has taught him - through illusion, minimization, suppression, apathy - will deal with societal suffering in the same way.


Religion does not confirm that there are hungry people in the world;

it interprets the hungry to be our brethren whom we allow to starve.


What is important is not what someone is but what he is waiting for.

Not the events of life but its possibilities.


For me as a woman pride is not really sin, but rather something that I still have to learn. The male conception of the person who rebels against God by affirming himself, by acting proudly, arrogantly, and without constraints, is not a woman's concern. Rather, we women are in danger of not developing any pride, of never becoming independent, of constantly remaining within too narrow boundaries.


Every acceptance of suffering is an acceptance of that which exists.

The denial of every form of suffering can result in a flight from reality in which contact with reality becomes ever thinner, ever more fragmentary. It is impossible to remove oneself totally from suffering, unless one removes oneself from life itself, no longer enters into relationships, makes oneself invulnerable.


A language that takes our emotions seriously and gives them real weight in our lives encourages us to think and be and act differently.


There is no wrong suffering. There is imaginary, sham, feigned, simulated, pretended suffering. But the assertion that someone suffers for the right or wrong reason presupposes a divine, all-penetrating judgment able to distinguish historically obsolete forms of suffering from those in our time, instead of leaving this decision to the sufferers themselves.


Really living like Christ will not mean reward, social recognition, and an assured income, but difficulties, discrimination, solitude, anxiety. Here, too, the basic experience of the cross applies: the wider we open our hearts to others, the more audibly we intervene against the injustice that rules over us, the more difficult our lives in the rich unjust society will become.


Religion is made up of unrestrained wishes.


God has no other hands than ours.


About Dorothee Solle

Quotes 21 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday September 30, 1929

If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.


Bible texts are best read with a pair of glasses made out of today's newspaper.


This is the purpose of theology. By it my life becomes clearer and more conscious.


To take sides with life and experience how we can transcend ourselves is a process that has many names and faces. Religion is one of those names.


Our whole life consists of despairing of an answer and seeking an answer.


A competitive society is a society of envy.


God has no other hands than ours. If the sick are to be healed, it is our hands that will heal them. If the lonely and the frightened are to be comforted, it is our embrace, not God's, that will comfort them.


To be content with the world as it is is to be dead.

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