Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.
The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others’?
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.
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.
Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.