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“Love your enemies”

Martin Luther King Jr

“To have serpentlike qualities devoid of dovelike qualities is to be passionless, mean, and selfish. To have dovelike without serpentlike qualities is to be sentimental, anemic, and aimless. We must combine strongly marked antitheses.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”

Martin Luther King Jr

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“The Christians who engaged in infamous persecutions and shameful inquisitions were not evil men but misguided men. The churchmen who felt they had an edict from God to withstand the progress of science, whether in the form of a Copernican revolution or a Darwinian theory of natural selection, were not mischievous men but misinformed men.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michealangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Deep in our history of struggle for freedom, Canada was the North star”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”

Martin Luther King Jr

“If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.”

Martin Luther King Jr


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