Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The time is always right to do what is right.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
A right delayed is a right denied.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.