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Quotation by Sarah Patton Boyle
Love your enemies. I saw this admonition now as simple, sensible advice. I knew I could face an angry, murderous mob without even the beginning of fear if I could love them. Like a flame, love consumes fear, and thus make true defeat impossible.
Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 2, ch. 2 (1962).
Boyle, a white Virginian who, beginning in the early 1950s, publicly advocated integration, recalled her empowering compassion and "love" even for those whites who bitterly opposed her.
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