Quotable: Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness

I woke up enraged at all the rank injustice in the world. I was angry and I wanted to let someone have it. And then I remembered this quote that someone sent to me in a photo from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial recently:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. … The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need to work for justice, but we need to do so with love, not hate. Right now I’m asking God to take away the hate I feel put love in my heart.


Martin Luther King, Jr., Stength to Love (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010), 47.