This quote reveals not just a great man, but a great truth. Martin Luther King, Jr. was wise enough to see that the answer to oppression, anger, and hate is not more oppression, anger and hate. It is only and always love.
He understood that the seeds of love lie in every heart, and that they grow if they have the opportunity to bask in the sunshine of regard and be bathed by the water of compassion. By meeting hate with love, he starved the weeds of hate by sowing and nurturing the seeds of love. It took great courage and great trust to do this, and may we all find it in our hearts to do the same.