Sometimes it’s good to go back and review a few lessons from the Master. In that vein – 10 +1 Quotes from MLK –
- Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
- I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. –Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, Dec. 10, 1964
- Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
- Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
- I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
- When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. –letter from Birmingham jail, April 16, 1963
- The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers. –”Strength to Love”
- I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –”Strength to Love”
And Number 11?
The one Mssrs Robertson and Limbaugh, and a bunch of their ilk, should have tattoed to their foreheads –
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.