In honour of Martin Luther King Jr., some of his most inspirational quotes are below. Visit http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/01/martin_luther_king_jr_quotes_m.html for the full article.
— “The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.”
The Struggle for Racial Justice address delivered at Nobel Peace Prize Recognition Dinner, January 27, 1965
— “World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point.
“Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.
“Dreams of Brighter Tomorrows,” Ebony Magazine, March 1965
— “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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”
— Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.
“Loving Your Enemies Speech”, Nov. 7, 1957