Peace, Equality, Love, Brotherhood

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I was looking up quotes by him and was so inspired.  Here we are, so many years after that tragic day, and his words still ring true.  Whether you agree with him or not, and really how could you not when all he really cared about, talked about, was striving for, and preached about were the principles of doing the right thing, equality for all, peace between nations and our fellow men and women, and love.  Love being the chief message.  Love instead of hate, peace instead of war, freedom instead of constraint and imprisonment, solving problems via understanding and communication instead of through violence.  A spectacular man.

Here are some of my most favorite of the quotes I found…

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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.

– Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’  – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.  – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

– Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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.  – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.   – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.   ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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