Quotes from “An Experiment In Love” – a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr

To meet hate with retaliatory hate would do nothing but intensify the
existence of evil in the universe. Hate begets hate; violence begets
violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of
hate with the power of love; we must meet physical force with soul force.
Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his
friendship…
[Another] characteristic of the nonviolent method is that the attack is
directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who happen to be
doing the evil. The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice,
between the forces of light and the forces of darkness… We are out to defeat
injustice and not white persons who may be unjust…
The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also
refuses to hate him. At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of
love. To retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of
hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense
enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be
done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives…
-Martin Luther King Jr., An Experiment in Love, 1958
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2 responses to “Quotes from “An Experiment In Love” – a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr

  1. What does the Lord require of you but to do justly AND to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I have recently read an excerpt from this sermon and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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