Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer.
This quote, attributed to Martin Luther King Jr., expresses the hope that the African American community will continue to embrace non-violence as they advocate for freedom and justice. It highlights the strategy of facing violence and oppression with resilience and endurance, rather than responding with hatred or revenge. The quote suggests that by refusing to comply with unjust laws and by matching the strength of their oppressors with the strength of their character, African Americans can ultimately overcome and bring about lasting change.
There are some promotions in life, which, independent of the more substantial rewards they offer, acquire peculiar value and dignity from the coats and waistcoats connected with them. A field-marshal has his uniform; a bishop his silk apron; a counsellor his silk gown; a beadle his cocked hat. Strip the bishop of his apron, or the beadle of his hat and lace; what are they? Men. Mere men. Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.