The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Unknown ![rw-book-cover|200x400]( ## Metadata - Author: **Unknown** - Full Title: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Category: #articles - URL: ## Highlights - In my own life and in the life of a person who is seeking to be strong, you combine in your character antitheses strongly marked. You are both militant and moderate; you are both idealistic and realistic. And I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father, and I would hope that the gentle aspect comes from a mother who is very gentle and sweet. ([View Highlight]( ## New highlights added November 19, 2023 at 10:01 AM - During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau’s essay “On Civil Disobedience” for the first time ([View Highlight]( - Here, in this courageous New Englander’s refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery’s territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times. ([View Highlight]( - whether religion could be intellectually respectable as well as emotionally satisfying. ([View Highlight]( - Man becomes hardly more, in communism, than a depersonalized cog in the turning wheel of the state. ([View Highlight]( - capitalism failed to see that life is social and Marxism failed and still fails to see that life is individual and personal ([View Highlight]( - The intellectual and moral satisfaction that I failed to gain from the utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill, the revolutionary methods of Marx and Lenin, the social contracts theory of Hobbes, the “back to nature” optimism of Rousseau, the superman philosophy of Nietzsche, I found in the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Gandhi. ([View Highlight](