Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.
The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.
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.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
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.
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.
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.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
Power is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice is love correcting everything that goes against love.
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.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.
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.
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.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
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.
Courageous men never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live. We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil. Between the two positions, there is a world of difference. Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.
I have a dream, that one day on the red hills of Georgia…
We can dream of an America, and a world, in which love and not money are civilization’s bottom line.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin.