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Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2022
Reinhold Niebuhr Topics
Meaning Of Life
Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed.
Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it
The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.
Forgiveness is the final form of love.
There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.
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.
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.
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