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.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
A right delayed is a right denied.
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.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.