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The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate
by Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

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

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

If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
- 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 we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore we are saved by love.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.
- 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 tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan
value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible
things you eliminate from your life, but by
the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible.
- Neale Donald Walsch

A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.
- Helen Keller

Only one who devotes himself to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
- Albert Einstein

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
- Napoleon Hill

Give a boy address and accomplishments
and you give him the mastery
of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves
to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery
of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

We need to tap the resource of current and retiring
science and math professionals that have both content
mastery and the practical experience to serve as effective teachers.
- Cathy McMorris

There is no morality by instinct.
There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought;
without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

The mastery of the turn is the story of how aviation
became practical as a means of transportation.
It is the story of how the world became small.
- William Langewiesche

The dog commends himself to our favor by affording
play to our propensity for mastery.
- Thorstein Veblen

The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to thing
when you have outlived the first interest and not yet
the second which comes with a sort of mastery.
- Janet Erskine Stuart

Of my own spirit let me be in sole though feeble mastery.
- Sara Teasdale

Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain,
there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead
of the pupil on his road to mastery.
- Eugen Herrigel

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme
expression of military power and fleets and armies,
however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
- Winston Churchill

With all our mastery over the powers of Nature we have
adhered to the view that the struggle for existence
is a permanent and necessary condition of life.
- Frederick Soddy

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist
in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Modern politics today requires a mastery of television.
I've never really warmed up to television and,
in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me.
- Walter F. Mondale

The inconvenience, the glaring lights,
the long hours of waiting, and the repetition of every
scene are all calculated to defeat anything more than
a real mastery of love technique.
- Ivor Novello

It is one thing to own a woman, and it is another to
have her within the bonds of an excellent mastery.
- John Norman

An artist must possess Nature.
He must identify himself with her rhythm,
by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will
later enable him to express himself in his own language.
- Henri Matisse

Gather in your resources, rally all your faculties,
marshal all your energies, focus all your capacities
upon mastery of at least one field of endeavor.
- John Haggai

Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology,
relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
- Arthur Erickson

We talk of our mastery of nature, which sounds very grand;
but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves,
first, to her ways.
- Clarence Day

If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how
to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent,
creative, and involved lives.
- Danny Glover

I just refer to myself as being Spirit,
Mind and Body like everybody else and working toward
the mastery of my natural divinity and the healing of my emotional mind.
- Leonard Orr

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger,
if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
- John Paul Jones

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery,
it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
- Michelangelo

Throughout the years I have tried to hone my skills
to gain mastery over the music in my head.
- Kip Winger

Order and simplification are the first steps toward
the mastery of a subject.
- Thomas Mann

Do not fall prey to the false belief that mastery and
domination are synonymous with manliness.
- Kent Nerburn

The hard thing is to stick to things when you have
outlived the first interest,
and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.
- Janet Erskine Stuart

Through his mastery of storytelling techniques,
he has managed to separate his character,
in the public mind, from his actions as president.
He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.
- James Nathan Miller

Science is not about control.
It is about cultivating a perpetual condition of wonder
in the face of something that forever grows one step
richer and subtler than our latest theory about it.
It is about reverence, not mastery.
- Richard Powers

When the impulses which stir us to profound emotion
are integrated with the medium of expression,
every interview of the soul may become art.
This is contingent upon mastery of the medium.
- Hans Hofmann

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life -
in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite.
It teaches us to do as well as to talk;
and to make our words and actions all of a color.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The notion that every well educated person would have
a mastery of at least the basic elements of the humanities,
sciences, and social sciences is a far cry from the
specialized education that most students today receive,
particularly in the research universities.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

Ah, mastery...
what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally
gets on top of a new set of skills...
and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open,
even as another door is closing.
- Gail Sheehy

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

The fog unrolls itself to be a prayer rug to the mountains.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore


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