Reinhold Niebuhr

United States Protestant theologian (1892-1971)

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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.
All you earnest young men out to save the world please, have a laugh.
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.
Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted and pure love without power is destroyed.
Human Beings are just good enough to make democracy possible...just bad enough to make it neccessary.
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.
If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing 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, can be accomplished alone therefore, we are saved by love.
The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.

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