quote du jour ~king

Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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4 thoughts on “quote du jour ~king

  1. I really love this quote. It’s so true, both the way that Life has a way of bringing us these moments at some point down the road, and the way that, faced with such power, we have the chance to realize how foolish it has been to carry our discontentment, bitterness, or resentment for so many miles. In the melting that comes, if we allow it, we finally see people as they truly are, and we realize, they offered us the opportunity to cleanse ourselves of our own darkness… The darkness was always within us.

    Michael

    • Yes, Michael. The part of this quote that’s stuck with me is “Love is…the refusal to defeat any individual.” Just imagine what the world would be like if we approached everyone we met with this intention in our hearts….

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