“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.”
- The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
- The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
- The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
- The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
- The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
- 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.
- The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
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