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Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
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.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
A right delayed is a right denied.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
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.
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
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 law.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.