Reinhold Niebuhr Quotes

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Born: June 21, 1892, Wright City, Missouri, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA, June 1, 1971
Occupation: Author

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

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

Forgiveness is the final form of love.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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