Quotes by American Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice. Reinhold Niebuhr

If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else. Reinhold Niebuhr

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another. Reinhold Niebuhr

There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion. Reinhold Niebuhr

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Reinhold Niebuhr

God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed;Give me courage to change things which must be changed;And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other. Reinhold Niebuhr
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The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men. Reinhold Niebuhr
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The finiteness, the dependency, and the insufficiency of man Reinhold Niebuhr

Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it. Reinhold Niebuhr
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Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;Therefore, we must be saved by hope.Nothing which is true, or beautiful, or good, makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;Therefore, we must be saved by faith.Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;Therefore, we must be saved by love.No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness. Reinhold Niebuhr

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth. Reinhold Niebuhr

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. Reinhold Niebuhr

Man is both strong and weak, both free and bound, both blind and far-seeing. He stands at the juncture of nature and spirit; and is involved in both freedom and necessity. Reinhold Niebuhr

The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery. Reinhold Niebuhr
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A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. Reinhold Niebuhr

The dimension of depth in the consciousness of religion creates the tension between what is and what ought to be. It bends the bow from which every arrow of moral action flies. Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with HimForever in the next. Reinhold Niebuhr

The essence of man is his freedom. Sin is committed in that freedom. Sin can therefore not be attributed to a defect in his essence. It can only be understood as a self-contradiction, made possible by the fact of his freedom but not following necessarily from it. Reinhold Niebuhr
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