On the death of enemies

May 2, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More

[update]

The quote I published originally at this post was a misquote. Here’s what I should have posted:

Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. 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.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

This bona fide quote is from Dr. King’s Strength to Love , 1963

[Here’s the misquote I originally published: “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.” – I picked it up at another site, and it was incorrect.]

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Jim Razinha says:

    A very good article:

    Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden

    Now the hubbub is over whether King said all that. He certainly said the "Darkness cannot…" part, but the rest is questioned. As my wife observed, it doesn't matter who said it – it's still a good quote.

  2. Jim Razinha says:

    But here is a timely speech that was his. Substitute Afghanistan for Vietnam and Middle East for Southeast Asia and…

    http://americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobr

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    Jim: Thanks for the correction.

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    Quote I found on Reddit.com:

    "How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?"

    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/h3fnk/

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