“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love.
“One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
“Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
“The question is no longer between violence and non-violence it is between non-violence and non-existence.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
“You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here.
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