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“Only Light Can Do That” (Quotes for MLK Day)

posted by Jason Boyett

Today’s a day when we all like to quote “I Have a Dream,” and really, you can’t go wrong with that. But some of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr., quotes come from Strength to Love, a collection of sermons, composed in the thick of the civil rights struggle, about non-violence, forgiveness, and the radical pursuit of the teachings of Christ.

It seems especially resonant after the last couple of weeks.
A few of my favorite passages:
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

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.

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude.
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If you have a favorite quote or passage from MLK, Jr., feel free to post it today in the comments.



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Tina

posted January 17, 2011 at 9:39 am


A riot is the language of the unheard.



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David

posted January 17, 2011 at 9:42 am


Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.



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Tess Mallory

posted January 17, 2011 at 11:41 am


This was awesome, Jason. Thanks for the wonderful quotes!
Tess



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Charlie Chang

posted January 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm


Procrastination is still the thief of time.



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Courtney Rits

posted January 19, 2011 at 8:37 am


As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.
- Martin Luther King Jr.



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Stephanie

posted January 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm


We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
Dr. King definitely had a way with words.



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