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Democracies are indeed slow to make war,
by Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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 (Serenity Prayer) PHOTO

Forgiveness is the final form of 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

 

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

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

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

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
- 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

Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but
to the collective behavior of humanity.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

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

If we can find God only as he is revealed in nature we have no moral God.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime;
therefore we must be saved by hope.
- 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

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him
capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

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

The way people in democracies think of the government
as something different from themselves is a real handicap.
And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.
- Lewis Mumford

We have to implant democracies where there are now dictatorships.
- Tom Tancredo

Asia's governments come in two broad varieties:
young,
fragile democracies - and older, fragile authoritarian regimes.
- Paul Samuelson

America is an outlier in the world of democracies when
it comes to the structure and conduct of elections.
- Thomas E. Mann

Inflation is the senility of democracies.
- Sylvia T. Warner

The tendency of democracies is, in all things,
to mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

Republics decline into democracies and democracies
degenerate into despotisms.
- Aristotle

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law.
This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
- James F. Cooper

Iraq is just a symbol of the attitude of western democracies
to the rest of the world.
- Harold Pinter

Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous,
but they cannot survive unless they fight.
- Jalal Talabani

The fight against terror is a common imperative for
democracies and must become so for all nations.
- Lionel Jospin

I hate war...
for the dictatorships it puts in the place of democracies,
and for the starvation that stalks after it.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

To balance China, the democracies will need new friends -
and India with its fast-growing economy,
youthful population, and democratic politics seems the obvious candidate.
- David Frum

Only two countries in this hemisphere are not democratic,
but many countries in both Central and South America,
and in the Caribbean, are really fragile democracies.
- Warren Christopher

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great
number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracies must have equilibrium...
and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
- Romano Prodi

As in Athens, the right to participate was restricted to men,
just as it was also in all later democracies and republics
until the twentieth century.
- Robert A. Dahl

I would like to see capital punishment suppressed in all democracies.
- Lionel Jospin

Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war.
- Adam Schiff

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise,
which is an advantage and security to all,
but especially to democracies as against despots -
suspicion.
- Demosthenes

Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression
and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large
part to America 's leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
- Bob Riley

All of my novels are democracies.
- Amos Oz

We can be proud of our record as an international beacon of liberty.
From fostering democracies in Eastern Europe to the
stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan,
we have been true to that calling and helped spread
freedom to oppressed peoples everywhere.
- Kay Bailey Hutchison

As I understand I took most so-called democratic states
about 200 years on average to build their democracies.
That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian
rule and wake up in a democracy,
it makes me laugh.
- Aleksandr Lebed

The problem with the United Nations is that while democracy
within nations is the best available form of government,
democracy among nations can be a moral disaster -
especially if some nations are not democracies.
- Jonah Goldberg

In emerging democracies like Russia,
in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia,
journalists play a vital role in civil society.
In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.
- Christiane Amanpour

The three main sources of scepticism are first,
that not every people desires freedom;
second,
that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous;
and third,
that there is little the world's democracies can do
to advance freedom outside their countries.
- Natan Sharansky

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies,
but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to
establishing democratic rule at universal standards.
Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In the past week it has become clear that the vote
on the final healthcare bill will be very close.
I take this vote with the utmost seriousness.
I am quite aware of the historic fight that has lasted
the better part of the last century to bring America
in line with other modern democracies in providing
single payer health care.
- Dennis Kucinich

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only
nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited,
and where the people can live freely? Never!
I can assure you, they will never fight against either
the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
- Paul Robeson

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies
in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -
"indoctrination," we might say -
exercised through the mass media.
- Noam Chomsky

The growing tide of anti-Semitism shocks the conscious
of everyone who values freedom,
and the ugly, hateful acts particularly stain the character
of democracies where liberty and religious freedom
are supposed to be respected.
- Mike Ferguson

I do not believe that the values which the Western
democracies consider essential to civilization can
survive in a world rent by the international anarchy
of nationalism and the economic anarchy of competitive enterprise.
- Arthur Henderson

Acts of anti-Semitism in countries throughout the world,
including some of the world's strongest democracies,
have increased significantly in frequency and scope
over the last several years.
- Tim Holden

In view of China's growing military strength and intentions,
the best way to safeguard Asia's permanent peace and
prosperity is to have all Asian countries join forces
with other democratic countries in the world to form
a global community of democracies.
- Jim Costa

And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda
slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere,
to make Americans start thinking favorably of democracies
and forget that we had a republic.
- Robert Welch

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

We must, indeed, all hang together or,
most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin

In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate and markets
and roadways and others, I do control myself
and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- Latin Proverb

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness
of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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