As a Christian pastor, Martin Luther King’s main influence was Jesus Christ and His gospel, which was evident during most of his public life. King’s faith was based on Jesus’ commandment of loving God and loving your neighbor. As we remember this great man today, here are his top ten quotes of all time:
1. ON THE POWER OF LOVE
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
2. ON TOGETHERNESS
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
3. ON THE MEANING OF PEACE
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
4. ON LEADERSHIP
“Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”
5. ON HARMONY
“But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.”
6. ON DOING WHAT’S RIGHT
“The time is always right to do what’s right.”
7. ON REAL VALUE
“What doth it profit a man to gain the whole world of means – airplanes, televisions, electric lights -and lose the end: the soul?”
8. ON POWER
“I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
9. ON LOVING YOUR ENEMIES
“It is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.
10. ON BROTHERHOOD
“The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”
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