Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
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.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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?'
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin.
What are you doing for others?
There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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.
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.
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