Wisdom from Polonius


Martin Luther King Jr.


“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”


“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”


“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.  Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity.  It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”


“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. . . . Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”



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Harvard Square Commentary, January 15, 2007