The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
Seeing is not always believing.
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.