True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace.
We still have a choice today: nonviolence coexistence or violent coannihilation.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political moral questions of our time.
Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.
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.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
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.
We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos and community.
Be The Peace You Wish To See In The World!
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws… What is the difference
between the two? An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law.
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.
Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.
We can dream of an America, and a world, in which love and not money are civilization’s bottom line.