Reinhold Niebuhr quotes

 quotes - Forgiveness is the final form of love. Share

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

— Reinhold Niebuhr

 quotes - All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions. Share

“All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

 quotes - Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity. Share

“Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“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.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“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.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“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.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“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.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“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.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“Democracies are indeed slow to make war, but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable, rather than a vindictive, peace.”

— Reinhold Niebuhr