Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A few memorable quotes in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who gave his life for his dream of a better world; a man who dared to go beyond others’ expectations and lead by example. Here, a few memorable quotes:

Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. (“Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?,” 1967)

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. (Detroit, Michigan; June 23, 1962)

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….The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more warsmust be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. (“Strength to Love,” 1963)

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. (Nobel Prize acceptance speech; Stockholm, Sweden; December 11, 1964)

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. 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.” (“I Have a Dream,” 1963)

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