Reinhold Niebuhr

1892 - 1971

A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on love, alone, and accomplishment

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

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on acceptance, change, church, courage, god, grace, popularity, prayer, serenity, and wisdom

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. This prayer was first printed in a monthly bulletin of the Federal Council of Churches and has become enormously popular. It has been circulated in millions of copies.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: The Serenity Prayer, 1934

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on judgment and prophets

The prophet himself stands under the judgment which he preaches. If he does not know that, he is a false prophet.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: Beyond Tragedy, 1938

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on ideas, ignorance, needs, originality, and world

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. They surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on community, family, justice, life, love, sharing, and spirit

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can only be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice. Justice requires that we carefully weigh rights and privileges and assure that each member of a community receives his due share. Love does not weigh rights and privileges too carefully because it prompts each to bear the burden of the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on aim

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Aim for the stars and maybe you'll reach the sky.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: The Serenity Prayer (1934)

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on faith, good, history, hope, love, virtue, and worth

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: The Irony of American History, 1952

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on beginning, faith, humor, laughter, and prayer

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

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: Discerning the Signs of the Times, 1949

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on life, meaning, and responsibility

Life has no meaning except in terms of responsibility.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: Faith and History, 1949

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on art, men, and politics

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

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

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