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Reinhold Niebuhr
(1892-1971) born on
Jun 21
US theologian, author. He pioneered the philosophy of "Christian realism"; wrote "Nature and Destiny of Man," 1943; received Medal of Freedom, 1964.
         
   
F
A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.

R
The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.
A
Nothing that is worth anything can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.
N
Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic," 1930.
R: "A Conversation with an Angel."
A: Gilbert, in "The Critic as Artist," pt. 1; in "Intentions," 1891.
N: Obituary in "Newsweek," 14 Jun 1972.
K: The Serenity Prayer (1934); Originally part of a sermon in 1943 and later used by Alcoholics Anonymous, quoted by June Bingham "Courage to Change," Scribner's 61
   


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