Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes

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Forgiveness is the final form of love.
— Reinhold Niebuhr


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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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