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"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Reinhold Niebuhr
The Serenity Prayer (c. 1942) Though earlier variants may have existed, Niebuhr was the first to state this so succinctly, and also the first to copyright it. Since then, it has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step groups. Add Category or Author

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"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
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American Theologian    Family   

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"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
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American Theologian    Club   

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"Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems." Reinhold Niebuhr
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American Theologian    Democracy   

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"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
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Aggression   

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"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful 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
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"Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it" Reinhold Niebuhr
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Man   

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"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism." Reinhold Niebuhr
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"Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it." Reinhold Niebuhr
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"The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world." Reinhold Niebuhr
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American Theologian    Duty   

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"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope." Reinhold Niebuhr
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Achievement    American Theologian   

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"The final test of religious faith is whether it will enable men to endure insecurity without complacency or despair, whether it can so interpret the ancient verities that they will not become mere escape hatches from responsibilities but instruments of insights into what civilization means." Reinhold Niebuhr
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Despair   

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

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

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"Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed" Reinhold Niebuhr
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Goodness   

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"Forgiveness is the final form of love." Reinhold Niebuhr
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American Theologian    Forgiveness   

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"The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism" Reinhold Niebuhr
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God   

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"The Christian doctrine of sin in its classical form offends both rationalists and moralists by maintaining the seemingly absurd position that man sins inevitably and by a fateful necessity but that he is nevertheless to be held responsible for actions which are prompted by an ineluctable [inescapable] fate." Reinhold Niebuhr
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Doctrine    Evil   

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"Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity." Reinhold Niebuhr
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American Theologian    Behavior   

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"All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions" Reinhold Niebuhr
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