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Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems. ...
by Reinhold Niebuhr

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
- Noam Chomsky

The U.S.
Constitution is the basic framework for the greatest democracy on Earth.
Some of my colleagues find it easy to amend it.
I don't.
- Byron Dorgan

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are
extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,
and deserve to get it good and hard.
- H. L. Mencken

I think if people value democracy, they had damn well
better get out and exercise their right to vote while
their vote still means something.
- Bob Weir

Democracy, as has been said of Christianity,
has never really been tried.
- Stuart Chase

When Bush says democracy, I often wonder what he's referring to.
- Angela Davis

I believe our country has to do whatever we can do
to protect ourselves-we're king of the hill.
We need to protect democracy and the lives of those
who live in the free world.
- Rick Yune

We have, essentially, a worthless democracy.
- Aaron McGruder

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators,
after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear.
- Alan Coren

Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the
same category as Arcadia,
Santa Claus, and Heaven.
- H. L. Mencken

I think we're at risk with our democracy.
I think we're dealing with the most closed,
imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory.
They even put Richard Nixon to shame.
- Wesley Clark

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's
most cherished patriotic observances.
The spirit of this day has not changed -
it remains a day to honor those who died defending
our freedom and democracy.
- Doc Hastings

As I would not be a slave,
so I would not be a master.
This expresses my idea of democracy.
- Abraham Lincoln

We in universities are not in the democracy business.
What we do, when we're doing it, is teach and learn.
- Stanley Fish

As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what
I think the majority of people will enjoy.
- Norman Granz

Now, mark it.
This may be strong language, but heed it.
The people mean it, and, my friends of the Eastern Democracy,
we bid farewell when you do that thing.
- Richard Parks Bland

A constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if
its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue.
- Phillip E. Johnson

On account of being a democracy and run by the people,
we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years,
no matter what it does.
- Will Rogers

It's not a democracy here, it's the Middle East.
- Silvan Shalom

You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box.
- George W. Bush

I always assume that democracy is the only good form of government,
quite frankly, and democracy is always to be preferred.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

Democracy: An institution in which the whole is equal
to the scum of the parts.
- Keith Preston

We've got to understand that the whole nature of the
way American democracy guards its freedom has been changed.
- John Ashcroft


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