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Power is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice is love correcting everything that goes against love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate... - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate...

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

So when Jesus says 'Love your enemies', he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.

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Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.

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The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community. A boycott is never an end in itself. It is merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor but the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption.

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The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.

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The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn't get written because someone knocked on the door.

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There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

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The words 'I will forgive you, but I'll never forget what you've done' never explain the real nature of forgiveness.

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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

There's another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. ... For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That's what hate does.

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Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

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Unarmed love is the most powerful force in all the world. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unarmed love is the most powerful force in all the world.

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We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.

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Was not Jesus an extremist in love? - Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
We must follow nonviolence and love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must follow nonviolence and love.

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We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.

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Whom you would change, you must first love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whom you would change, you must first love.

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Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.

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We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you....Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and, as difficult as it is, we will still love you.

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Without love, benevolence becomes egotism. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Without love, benevolence becomes egotism.

Martin Luther King, Jr.