All the quotes are by:-Reinhold Niebuhr-He was an American theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs. From JFK to Obama all were influenced by him to certain extent.
“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.”
“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.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.”
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.“
“Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.”
“Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed.”
“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”
“comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable”
“Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values.”
“To the end of history, social orders will probably destroy themselves in an effort to prove they are indestructible.”