Quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr

American theologist, historian

Alive from: 1892-1971

Category: History and sociology

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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
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    Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
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    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
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    Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
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    The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
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    The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
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    There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
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