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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1422
AUTHOR: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971)
QUOTATION: The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.
ATTRIBUTION: REINHOLD NIEBUHR.—This statement is attributed to him in his obituary in The New York Times, June 2, 1971, p. 45. Unverified.
SUBJECTS: Politics