Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.
— Reinhold Niebuhr

forgiveness

Humor is a prelude to faith and
Laughter is the beginning of prayer.

laughter

Religion is always a citadel of hope, which is built on the edge of despair.

religion

And if you equate God's judgment with your judgment, you have a wrong religion.
— Reinhold Niebuhr

religion

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

politics

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

democracy

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

life

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can change, And wisdom to know the difference.
— Reinhold Niebuhr

wisdom

Our record as a righteous nation has proved so filled with error that, obviously, we must stop thanking God we [America] are not like other nations.
— Reinhold Niebuhr

America

The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is another childish, but also universal, corruption of religion.  This is the source of all religious fanaticism.

fanaticism God

God, give me 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

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