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.
This insinuation of the interests of the self into even the most ideal enterprises and most universal objectives, envisaged in moments of highest rationality, makes hypocrisy an inevitable by product of all virtuous endeavor.
Reason is not the sole basis of moral virtue in man. His social impulses are more deeply rooted than his rational life.
The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.
The will-to-live becomes the will-to-power.
The society in which each man lives is at once the basis for, and the nemesis of, that fullness of life which each man seeks.
The individual or the group which organizes any society, however social its intentions or pretensions, arrogates an inordinate portion of social privilege to itself.
While it is possible for intelligence to increase the range of benevolent impulse, and thus prompt a human being to consider the needs and rights of other than those to whom he is bound by organic and physical relationship, there are definite limits in the capacity of ordinary mortals which makes it impossible for them to grant to others what they claim for themselves.
Man is endowed by nature with organic relations to his fellow men; and natural impulse prompts him to consider the needs of others even when they compete with his own.
The measure of our rationality determines the degree of vividness with which we appreciate the needs of other life, the extent to which we become conscious of the real character of our own motives and impulses, the ability to harmonize conflicting impulses in our own life and in society, and the capacity to choose adequate means for approved ends.
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.
Topics: Change, Acceptance, Wisdom, Peace, Age
- Paul Tillich American Lutheran Theologian
- Karl Barth Swiss Reformed Theologian
- Norman Vincent Peale American Clergyman, Self-Help Author
- Henry Ward Beecher American Protestant Clergyman
- Albert Benjamin Simpson Canadian Protestant Preacher
- Tryon Edwards American Theologian
- Archibald Alexander Hodge American Presbyterian Theologian
- Anthony de Mello Indian-born American Theologian
- Conyers Middleton English Clergyman
- George Matheson Scottish Theologian