The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing that it seeks to destroy.
I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude. That which I was not but could have been. That which I would have done but did not do. Can I find the fortitude to remember in truth, to understand, to submit, to forgive and to be free to move on in time?
The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.
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.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
between the two? An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream — a dream yet unfulfilled.
Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.