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Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted;
by Reinhold Niebuhr

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted;
and pure love without power is destroyed.
- 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 sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Wisdom has its root in goodness,
not goodness its root in wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The roots of all goodness lie
in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

It is amazing how complete is the delusion
that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Believe in the goodness of life.
Believe in the power of time to heal and to renew.
Believe in the power of forgiveness and gratitude.
Believe in the gift of rainbows and butterflies.
Believe in the laughter of children.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Goodness is beauty in the best estate.
- Christopher Marlowe

How goodness heightens beauty!
- Milan Kundera

True religion is real living;
living with all one's soul,
with all one's goodness and righteousness.
- Albert Einstein

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness:
first,
the doing their practical duty well:
then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
- John Ruskin

Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

There is no odor so bad as that
which arises from goodness tainted.
- Henry David Thoreau

To be frank, I suspect that today there is little respect
for Christianity as source of moral teaching about goodness.
- Timothy Radcliffe

One goes through school, college, medical school and
one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness
but a good deal about success.
- Ashley Montagu

There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too;
and goodness that is not greenness,
either, no more than sorrow is.
- Herman Melville

For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism.
The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God.
- Lionel Blue

For the sake of goodness and love, man shall let death
have no sovereignty over his thoughts.
- Thomas Mann

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind
or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
- Leo Tolstoy

Right now, I have to admit, that I'm more interested
in giving people a little bit of hope and goodness.
- Aaron Eckhart

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections.
For love which hath ends, will have an end;
whereas that which is founded on true virtue,
will always continue.
- John Dryden

The higher the sun ariseth, the less shadow doth he cast;
even so the greater is the goodness,
the less doth it covet praise; yet cannot avoid its rewards in honours.
- Lao Tzu

I still believe in the nonviolent Jesus and the basic
human goodness present in all of us.
- Martin Sheen

We are here to add to the sum of human goodness.
To prove the thing exists.
- Josephine Hart

The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of
its fitness for the use which it serves.
Now that use is either particular or universal.
- William Ames

You should also appreciate the goodness around you,
and surround yourself with positive people.
- Nadia Comaneci

Goodness means the highest degree of popularity.
- Heinrich Mann

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
- E. M. Forster

A bad act done will fester and create in its own way.
It's not only goodness that creates.
Bad things create.
They have their own yeast.
- Dennis Potter

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than
happiness makes them good.
- Walter Savage Landor

Thank goodness I was never sent to school;
it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
- Beatrix Potter

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you.
I believe the greatest characteristic of genius,
is, above all, force.
- Gustave Flaubert

Never esteem men on account of their riches or their station.
Respect goodness, find it where you may.
- William Cobbett

Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of
the heart rendered to God for his goodness.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits,
from frankness to reserve, from goodness,
uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.
- Georg Brandes

No man or woman can be strong, gentle,
pure, and good, without the world being better for
it and without someone being helped and comforted by
the very existence of that goodness.
- Phillips Brooks

Thank goodness we don't live in medieval times,
when people fought wars over ideas.
- Wojciech Jaruzelski

It would be nice to feel that we are a better world,
a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity,
and to believe in the basic goodness of man.
- Barbara Walters


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