// Martin Luther King and THAT quote

I got this quote from Soul Survivor’s Mike Pilavachi via. Twitter earlier, which has apparently been sent to him by a number of people today:

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

It’s apparently unsubstantiated, but it turns out it’s been adapted from a 1967 speech in Atlanta which is known as the “Where Do we Go From Here?” speech, where MLK says this:

I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.

Perhaps it’s an adaptation to make it more pithy and to fit it on Twitter.

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time.

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