Quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr

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Reinhold Niebuhr (June 21, 1892 June 1, 1971) was a Protestant theologian best known for his study of the task of relating the Christian faith to the reality of modern politics and diplomacy. He is a crucial contributor to modern just war thinking.

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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.

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

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