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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 273

Here are some quotes from Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

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The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. (3)

King advocates that people approach questions with reason, and he refers to people without reason as "soft-minded." He writes that soft-minded people fear change, including the end of segregation.

Jesus reminds us that the good life combines the toughness of the serpent and the tenderness of the dove. (6)

King advocates a way of thinking and approaching problems that combines reason with love and says that Jesus epitomized this combination.

Through nonviolent resistance we shall be able to oppose the unjust system and at the same time love the perpetrators of the system. (8)

Much of King's book is devoted to the wisdom of approaching segregation and other problems in society with non-violent resistance.

When our most tireless efforts fail to stop the surging sweep of oppression, we need to know that in this universe is a God whose matchless strength is a fit contrast to the sordid weakness of man. (9)

King urges on his followers with the promise that God, who is just and strong, is on the side of racial justice.

We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians, who were nonconformists in the truest sense of the word and refused to shape their witness according to the mundane patterns of the world. (16)

King urges people to be nonconformists and criticizes the modern church for being too conformist. He says that the church must return to its early ways, when believers were nonconformists.

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