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The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan
by 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

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 that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime;
therefore we must be saved by hope.
- 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

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

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

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Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.
- 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

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

Life is a battle between faith and reason in which
each feeds upon the other,
drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

It is important to do what you don't know how to do.
It is important to see your skills as keeping you
from learning what is deepest and most mysterious.
If you know how to focus, unfocus.
If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

Truth is a tendency.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer
knows the propensity to dream,
the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim Berners-Lee

The tendency of old age to the body,
say the physiologists,
is to form bone.
It is as rare as it is pleasant to meet with an old
man whose opinions are not ossified.
- Bob Wells

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We managed to hang in there.
Today when people get married there's a tendency to
run away when things get tough.
There is a lot of strength in hanging together.
- Jerry Stiller

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

My tendency is to be very experimental.
- Sean Lennon

I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors.
I'll miss the devotion we have to this work.
Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end.
- Dennis Franz

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision
and strengthens our most fatal tendency -
the belief that the here and now is all there is.
- Allan Bloom

I have a tendency to say yes to a script or no to a script.
Not yes based on a rewrite.
- William H. Macy

You know, I am against lynching and lynching is a tendency of the people.
- Jacques Verges

First, people don't read novels off screens,
and they don't have a tendency to shell out real money
for books when they don't retain anything physically for their money.
- Jack L. Chalker

The tendency to aggression is an innate,
independent, instinctual disposition in man...
it constitutes the powerful obstacle to culture.
- Sigmund Freud

The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
- David Hare

I think there's a tendency for modern man to become
dominated by gadgets and machines,
taking us further and further away from the things I've been talking about.
- Robin Day

I have a tendency to be lucky and make the right choices
based on limited information.
- Paul D. Boyer

Local color has a fatal tendency to remain local;
but it is also true that the universal often borders on the void.
- Hervey Allen

The general tendency of things throughout the world
is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
- John Stuart Mill

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what
is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting.
- Donald Norman

For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency
is to develop in the form of a sheaf,
creating, by its very growth, divergent directions
among which its impetus is divided.
- Henri Bergson

Once the object has been constructed,
I have a tendency to discover in it,
transformed and displaced,
images, impressions, facts which have deeply moved me.
- Alberto Giacometti

I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines
in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts -
the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products.
- Richard Wagner

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
- Jane Addams

Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate
though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind.
But God help us all!
It is at present a sad jar of atoms.
- Lord Byron

Life begins at 40 - but so do fallen arches,
rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell
a story to the same person,
three or four times.
- Helen Rowland

I have a very steadfast tendency to parent myself,
to monitor my development into the person I want to be.
I've tried to keep the corruption minimal.
- Fiona Apple

Man could not stay there forever.
He was bound to spread to new regions,
partly because of his innate migratory tendency and
partly because of Nature's stern urgency.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands
makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.
- Georgia Harkness

The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor,
to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor,
and to give it to those who do not labor.
- William Cobbett

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the
desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.
- William Howard Taft

What concerns me, is the general social tendency to enforce a level,
above which nothing rises and stands out.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken
as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.
- Lord Jeffrey

I think people have a tendency to read into more than there is.
- Donald Pleasence

The tendency is to keep doing things the way you have done them.
- Maurice Strong

There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture.
And that is not always a virtue.
- Francis Arinze

Education can counteract the natural tendency to do the wrong thing,
but the inexorable succession of generations requires
that the basis for this knowledge be constantly refreshed.
- Garrett Hardin

Duruing all these years there existed within me a tendency
to follow Nature in her walks.
- John James Audubon

In the period from 1824 to 1833, the tendency was steadily in the former direction,
but it was only in the latter part of it that it was made really efficient.
- Henry Charles Carey

Moreover, we are showing a dismaying tendency to recast God in Man's image.
- James L. Buckley

To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant
modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
- Walter Pater

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement,
intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
- Margaret Fuller

The odds are always against you no matter what your previous history is.
You have to overcome the tendency to relax.
- Tom Osborne

What has destroyed every previous civilization has
been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
- Henry George

We have the tendency to condemn what we don't understand.
- Mercedes Ruehl


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