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Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

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As I have been skimming the web today I have been amazed by all the Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that have been posted on Facebook, Twitter, and other places. Some of these quotes I had read many times before and others were brand new to me. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader and thinker. Here are some of the quotes that stood out.

‎”If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

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

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

“I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“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.”

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”

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