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REINHOLD NIEBUHR
American theologian
(1892 - 1971)
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All human sin seems so much worse in its consequences than in its intentions.
      - [Sin]

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.
      - [Goodness : Love]

Great talents have some admirers, but few friends.
      - [Talent]

I cannot worship the abstractions of virtue: she only charms me when she addresses herself to my heart, speaks through the love from which she springs.
      - [Virtue]

I thank heaven I have often had it in my power to give help and relief, and this is still my greatest pleasure. If I could choose my sphere of action now, it would be that of the most simple and direct efforts of this kind.
      - [Charity]

I think I should know how to educate a boy, but not a girl; I should be in danger of making her too learned.
      - [Education]

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

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we must be saved by love.
      - [Deeds]

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

Our age knows nothing but reactions, and leaps from one extreme to another.
      - [Extremes]

The old prose writers wrote as if they were speaking to an audience; while, among us, prose is invariably written for the eye alone.
      - [Style]

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.
      - [Civilization]

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
      - Children of Light and Children of Darkness
         (foreward) [Democracy]


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