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Original sin is that thing about man which makes him
by 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Be an Original, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat, dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for
thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.
The original meal has never been found.
- Calvin Trillin

The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You have to be an original individual;
you have to find your innermost core on your own,
with no guide, no guiding scriptures.
It is a dark night, but with the intense fire of inquiry
you are bound to come to the sunrise.
Everybody who has burned with intense inquiry
has found the sunrise.
Others only believe.
Those who believe are not religious,
they are simply avoiding the great adventure
of religion by believing.
- Osho

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

We are composed of self-contradictions.
Each of us is loving in some moments - hateful in others.
Patient and calm sometimes - harried by urgency at others.
Understanding - and self-absorbed.
Reassuring - and sarcastic.
Generous - and greedy.
Trusting - and jealous.
Comforting - and snappish.
Original - and stuck in a rut.
Thankful - and needy.
Forgiving - and vengeful.
Nurturing ourself - and stuffing ourself with fast food.
Honoring our bodies - and overstressing.
Being Joyful - and Suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I guess when we were up against it, we knew this album
was going to be compared to all the classic early material,
because it was going back to the original five.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

I'm the original take-orders girl.
- Judy Garland

The informing idea of what you want to say and do,
that's what will take you from film school to professional -
the idea.
That's what is original to you.
- William Friedkin

There is no original truth, only original error.
- Gaston Bachelard

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself.
It is also his most difficult task.
- Robertson Davies

At the lowest cognitive level, they are processes of experiencing,
or, to speak more generally, processes of intuiting
that grasp the object in the original.
- Edmund Husserl

My own perception is that there are two tiers of countries,
one, the original ASEAN, and then the new members.
The new members are in various stages of development.
- Sellapan Ramanathan

Some of us have great original ideas and some of us depend on adaptations.
- Frank Darabont

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas.
Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and
none of the original ideas is sound.
- Harold MacMillan

The Buddha is your real body, your original mind.
- Bodhidharma

What gets me excited is the original principle.
- Heston Blumenthal

If you ever want to get the facts straight about me or the Batman,
please write to the original source,
myself,
for the truth, instead of second guessing.
- Bob Kane

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an
original idea into the water of mediocrity.
- Eric Hoffer

The level of detail and craft is something that's inscribed
within the original design concept.
And so when I begin to draw, I know what kind of detailing
I want the building to have.
- Tadao Ando

Inherit the Wind is a wonderful play,
and I was in the original with Paul Muni.
- Tony Randall

I think the Chainsaw remake is very good and captures
the spirit of the original film.
It's true to the tone of the original,
to the point that it's almost a companion piece.
- Tobe Hooper

Hip-hop is definitely not what it used to be,
which was creative, original music.
- Missy Elliot

The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were
struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original.
Too many sequels diminish the original.
- Dean Koontz

Yeah, you know, you like it to come on like gangbusters,
but you get into passages that are very interesting and subtle,
and sometimes your original intent changes quite a bit.
- Roy Lichtenstein

There is no original sin.
You don't have to pay repentance to anything or anybody.
- Desmond Harrington

No bird has ever uttered note That was not in some first bird's throat;
Since Eden's freshness and man's fall No rose has been original.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Regis and I were inducted into the original Bronx Walk of Fame.
- Robert Klein

Duke Ellington was famous for hs very original harmonic patterns.
- Lawrence Welk

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
The most original writers borrowed one from another.
- Voltaire

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers,
the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals,
principles and purposes.
- Robert Shea

Learn the duty as well as taste the pleasure of original work.
- Robert James Graves

I wrote the original Mike Hammer as a comic,
Mike Danger.
- Mickey Spillane

Brian came back in on the road and Al stayed,
but Al's the original member of the group.
- Bruce Johnston

I think all comics borrow from each other.
Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn't one of them.
In the end, I couldn't figure out who to steal from,
so I stopped doing it.
- Steve Buscemi

Religion is not only a part of education,
an element of humanity, but the center of everything else,
always the first and the ultimate, the absolutely original.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

We idolized the Beatles, except for those of us who
idolized the Rolling Stones,
who in those days still had many of their original teeth.
- Dave Barry

There's no such thing as an original sin.
- Elvis Costello

He considers the theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander
an amputated version of what his original film was,
and he doesn't really like the shorter film.
- Bille August

What this White House really needs is a chief of staff
who can read Machiavelli in the original Italian.
- Mack McLarty


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