Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.
I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three…
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Power is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice is love correcting everything that goes against love.
The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him.
I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is that we are moving against wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.
Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.
On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? 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.
If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.”
We can dream of an America, and a world, in which love and not money are civilization’s bottom line.
It is quite easy for me to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and where lovely relationships were ever present.