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63 Inspirational Bernice King Quotes (LOVE)

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“You will encounter misguided people from time to time. That’s part of life. The challenge is to educate them when you can, but always to keep your dignity and self-respect and persevere in your personal growth and development.”

Bernice King
We live in a society where we may have differences, of course, but we learn to celebrate these differences.
We live in a society where we may have differences, of course, but we learn to celebrate these differences.
Love is not a weak, spineless emotion; it is a powerful moral force on the side of justice.
Love is not a weak, spineless emotion; it is a powerful moral force on the side of justice.
All of us have to be committed to a life beyond our own aspirations.
All of us have to be committed to a life beyond our own aspirations.

“Always realize that even your strongest advocate and opponent is a part of the human family; albeit they may have small shortcomings and even strength in them, they are part of that human family.”

Bernice King
Refuse to be disheartened, discouraged, distracted from your goals in life.
Refuse to be disheartened, discouraged, distracted from your goals in life.
In all religions, we make a choice about what we emphasize, and I choose to come down on the side of a loving God.
In all religions, we make a choice about what we emphasize, and I choose to come down on the side of a loving God.

“We are faced with the dilemma of how or if we demonstrate where we stand on critical issues and corresponding social ills. We are also bombarded with so many instances of inhumanity that it can be difficult to determine what part we play in human progress.”

Bernice King
Each of us must decide whether it is more important to be proved right or to provoke righteousness.
Each of us must decide whether it is more important to be proved right or to provoke righteousness.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name.
I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name.

2 Bernice King Quotes on Same-Sex Partnership

“I wouldn’t say I’m against same-sex marriage. I believe in freedom and equality for all people. I believe that when it comes to gay marriage, that’s a political and legal issue that has to be dealt with in that arena. I have privately held beliefs, but when it comes to that, it’s properly placed in the political and legal arena.”

Bernice King
People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn't have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can't be true.
People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn’t have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can’t be true.

6 Bernice King Quotes on Non-Violence

“I am urging Americans to be more careful about the kinds of media we support with our consumer spending. We’ve got to invest less in the media that glorifies violence and more in entertainment that lifts up the values of love, compassion, and the best in human nature.”

Bernice King
Non-violence will empower and equip us to bring generations to the table and fuse our knowledge, gifts, and zeal together.
Non-violence will empower and equip us to bring generations to the table and fuse our knowledge, gifts, and zeal together.

“We must rediscover our faith in the future and join with one another to ensure that non-violence is the prevalent choice for government, law enforcement, the non-profit sector, business, education, media, entertainment, arts, and for the global citizenry.”

Bernice King
Choosing non-violence does not mean that one will never get angry or become upset with others, including the ones we love.
Choosing non-violence does not mean that one will never get angry or become upset with others, including the ones we love.

“Like my father, I believe that non-violence is the antidote to what he called ‘the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism.’ These three evils were consuming our hopes for community in 1964, and, fifty years later, we remain divided because of their festering effects.”

Bernice King

“Police departments across the nation must develop nonviolent ‘rules of engagement,’ so that they don’t reflexively respond to suspected crimes with violence. This will require more in-depth training in the behavioral psychology of conflict resolution so police have tried-and-true techniques of preventing and de-escalating violence.”

Bernice King

7 Bernice King Quotes on Injustice

“Seek out your brothers and sisters of other cultures and join together in building alliances to put an end to all forms of racial discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice. There are people of good will of all races, religions, and nations who will join you in common quest for the betterment of society.”

Bernice King
We cannot afford to regard as normal the presence of injustice, inhumanity, and violence, including their verbal and cyber manifestations.
We cannot afford to regard as normal the presence of injustice, inhumanity, and violence, including their verbal and cyber manifestations.

“It is incumbent on the media industry to discourage the glorification of media violence. It is also incumbent on consumers who love America to support this effort with selective patronage campaigns to encourage media that provides uplifting content and to boycott the worst offenders, if necessary.”

Bernice King
Continue to speak out against all forms of injustice to yourselves and others, and you will set a mighty example for your children and for future generations.
Continue to speak out against all forms of injustice to yourselves and others, and you will set a mighty example for your children and for future generations.

“Consider all of the possibilities for positive global progress if we utilized nonviolence as the central value of our culture, encompassing our law enforcement and labor practices, which currently include people in numerous nations working for inhumane wages in unhealthy conditions.”

Bernice King
How do we expect change to occur if we are not willing to put on the whole armor of God and fight injustice wherever it raises its ugly head?
How do we expect change to occur if we are not willing to put on the whole armor of God and fight injustice wherever it raises its ugly head?

“In addition to needed gun control reforms, America urgently needs a stronger protest movement dedicated to reducing the glorification of violence in our culture – in music, film, television, video games, and even the Internet.”

Bernice King

11 Bernice King Quotes on her Father (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

“As you know, my father was for the inclusiveness and the betterment of society and the world. Certainly we recognize that there are diverse voices in our country, and people have the right of free speech. They have the right of choice, but again, it is our hope that when they choose, they choose to reflect those ideals that he taught us.”

Bernice King
My dad was one who - he was nonpartisan, first of all. He learned to work with whatever administration was in office.
My dad was one who – he was nonpartisan, first of all. He learned to work with whatever administration was in office.

“If each of us works toward making a sincere effort when we wake up each morning with a renewed commitment and dedication to embracing nonviolence as a lifestyle, this world will become a better place, bringing us ever closer to the Beloved Community of which my father so often spoke.”

Bernice King
As I reflect on the legacy of my father, the greatest aspect is his legacy of peace.
As I reflect on the legacy of my father, the greatest aspect is his legacy of peace.

“Unlike some people, my father would try to meet with President-elect Trump because he recognizes that in order to move the agenda of justice, freedom, and equality forward, you can’t just protest and resist. You also have to negotiate as well.”

Bernice King
My father literally fought his entire life to ensure the inclusion of all people because he understood that we were intertwined and connected together in humanity.
My father literally fought his entire life to ensure the inclusion of all people because he understood that we were intertwined and connected together in humanity.
In the end, I still have the same hope as my father - that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the last word.
In the end, I still have the same hope as my father – that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the last word.
My favorite preacher is not with me anymore, and that's my father.
My favorite preacher is not with me anymore, and that’s my father.
What I'm trying to do is fulfill what my father said, which is, 'We have to find a way to live together as brothers and sisters, or together we're going to perish as fools.'
What I’m trying to do is fulfill what my father said, which is, ‘We have to find a way to live together as brothers and sisters, or together we’re going to perish as fools.’
My father really set the tone for us to be a more moral nation, to take a moral high ground in everything that we do.
My father really set the tone for us to be a more moral nation, to take a moral high ground in everything that we do.
If I had to do it all over again, would I want my dad here? I would say no. Our world is in a better place because our father gave his life.
If I had to do it all over again, would I want my dad here? I would say no. Our world is in a better place because our father gave his life.

6 Bernice King Quotes on her Mother

“With The King Center as her base, my mother pressed on to fulfill a role that changed lives and legislation. She was a woman who refused to surrender the reigns of what she knew to be her assignment, even when male civil rights and business leaders tried to convince her that she should leave the work of building her husband’s legacy to them.”

Bernice King
Among her many accomplishments, my mother is often identified as the leader of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday movement.
Among her many accomplishments, my mother is often identified as the leader of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday movement.

“Before my mother was a King, she was a gifted vocalist and musician, whose skill and academia garnered her a scholarship to the prestigious New England Conservatory for Music in Boston.”

Bernice King
Before she was a King, my mother was a peace advocate, a courageous leader, and an accomplished artist.
Before she was a King, my mother was a peace advocate, a courageous leader, and an accomplished artist.

“In 1985, I joined my mother in a protest against apartheid in which we were arrested at the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. And she was at President-elect Mandela’s side in Johannesburg when he claimed victory in South Africa’s first free elections.”

Bernice King
My mother was the strong wife, partner, and co-worker Martin Luther King, Jr. needed to be an effective leader, and he said so on many occasions.
My mother was the strong wife, partner, and co-worker Martin Luther King, Jr. needed to be an effective leader, and he said so on many occasions.

21 Bernice King Quotes that Will Make You Think

“In my view, it was no accident that Nelson Mandela was chosen by God to lead the people of South Africa. There are very few people who could be imprisoned, kept away from their family and loved ones, and exit that same prison with such a powerful spirit of love and a desire for reconciliation.”

Bernice King
At Grinnell College, for the first time in my life, I was in an all-white setting. It was a shocking experience.
At Grinnell College, for the first time in my life, I was in an all-white setting. It was a shocking experience.

“My first introduction to South Africa’s struggle for freedom came when I was just 17. I had volunteered to speak in my mother’s stead at a United Nations forum on South Africa because she was unable to attend on that occasion.”

Bernice King
The more you resist something, the more aggressive it becomes.
The more you resist something, the more aggressive it becomes.

“How do we navigate and process painful biases and conflicting emotions and press on to be sacrificial and suffer in the struggle? And what do we do with images and depictions that, known or unknown to those perpetuating them, may contribute to the impediment of human progress?”

Bernice King
Some of the aspects of my speaking style are inherited and come naturally to me. I didn't take classes, and I didn't do anything to hone my skills.
Some of the aspects of my speaking style are inherited and come naturally to me. I didn’t take classes, and I didn’t do anything to hone my skills.

“Without my ministry, I would just be Martin Luther King’s daughter. You know, when people call me that, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I know I am not my father. I know I am me.”

Bernice King
It is time for humanity to reset our spiritual compass from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.
It is time for humanity to reset our spiritual compass from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.

“We can put millions of America’s idle young people to work helping to repair and restore America’s deteriorating infrastructure, public utilities, and transportation systems. Nothing would revitalize the nation’s sagging economy more than such a commitment.”

Bernice King
Somehow, we have to realize that what we watch and what we listen to not only often reflects our most violent tendencies but cultivates more violence.
Somehow, we have to realize that what we watch and what we listen to not only often reflects our most violent tendencies but cultivates more violence.

“In addition to a stronger focus on better training for law enforcement, America urgently needs programs to provide jobs and educational opportunities in economically depressed communities.”

Bernice King
After acknowledging that most law enforcement personnel are fair-minded and do a difficult job, it only takes one exception to create a terrible tragedy.
After acknowledging that most law enforcement personnel are fair-minded and do a difficult job, it only takes one exception to create a terrible tragedy.

“One person cannot be blamed for years of problems as it relates to race in America. This is something that has been with us since the founding of this nation. I mean, we were founded with slaves.”

Bernice King
Institutionalized racism has been with us pre-Obama, and it obviously will be with us post-Obama.
Institutionalized racism has been with us pre-Obama, and it obviously will be with us post-Obama.
I wrestled with anger from the age of sixteen. It's still one of my nemeses. I have to remember that the word of God says, 'Be slow to anger.'
I wrestled with anger from the age of sixteen. It’s still one of my nemeses. I have to remember that the word of God says, ‘Be slow to anger.’
I spend a lot of time meditating, which is something that I don't think most people know about me.
I spend a lot of time meditating, which is something that I don’t think most people know about me.
If people want to criticize me, that's their issue.
If people want to criticize me, that’s their issue.
When I think about some of the policies that we make in this country, the policies are so self-driven.
When I think about some of the policies that we make in this country, the policies are so self-driven.
Trump's election could be a blessing in disguise. This is the opportunity for America to correct itself.
Trump’s election could be a blessing in disguise. This is the opportunity for America to correct itself.
I think the most pressing issue in our community is probably a generational divide.
I think the most pressing issue in our community is probably a generational divide.
Occasionally, in the afternoons, I catch a movie, watch football, go to Sunday brunch, or visit with family and friends.
Occasionally, in the afternoons, I catch a movie, watch football, go to Sunday brunch, or visit with family and friends.

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