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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.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed.

— Reinhold Niebuhr


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

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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Humour is, in fact, a prelude to faith; and laughter is the beginning of prayer … Laughter is swallowed up in prayer and humour is fulfilled by faith.

— Reinhold Niebuhr


Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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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

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Religion, declares the modern man, is consciousness of our highest social values. Nothing could be further from the truth. True religion is a profound uneasiness about our highest social values.

— Reinhold Niebuhr

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Rev. Niebuhr asserted: "Dr. Niebuhr argued this approach was a pious way to refuse to face real problems.

Niebuhr battled with religious liberals over what he called their naïve views of the contradictions of human nature and the optimism of the Social Gospel and battled with the religious conservatives over what he viewed as their naïve view of scripture and their narrow definition of "true religion". Richard Niebuhr. Among his most influential books are Moral Man and Immoral Society and The Nature and Destiny of Man the latter of which was written as the result of Niebuhr's delivery of the Gifford Lectures.

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