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15 Famous Quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr
6/21/1892 - 6/1/1971
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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.

Courage Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Democracy Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr , Source: Children of Light and Children of Darkness (foreward)

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A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.

Democracy Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr , Source: Children of Light and Children of Darkness (foreward)

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Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922 Ultimate confidence in the goodness of life cannot rest upon confidence in the goodness of man. If that is where it rests, it is an optimism which will suffer ultimate disillusionment. Romanticism will be transmuted into cynicism, as it has always been in the world's history. The faith of a Christian is something quite different from this optimism. It is trust in God, in a good God who created a good world, though the world is not now good; in a good God, powerful and good enough finally to destroy the evil that men do and redeem them of their sins. This kind of faith is not optimism. It does not, in fact, arise until optimism breaks down and men cease to trust in themselves that they are righteous.

Christianity Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Danger Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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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.

Wisdom Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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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.

Family Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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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.

Change Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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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.

Faith Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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Democracy means not 'I am as good as you are,' but 'You are as good as I am.'

Democracy Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr , Source: Children of Light and Children of Darkness (foreward)

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God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed; Give us courage to change what should be changed; Give us the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

Serenity Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.

Politics / government Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.

Christianity Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Democracy Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Reinhold Niebuhr

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