Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

American clergyman, activist
15 January 1929 — 4 April 1968

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Every person must decide, at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. (...) Life`s most persistent and urgent question is. "What are you doing for others?"

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man`s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

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

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.

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