All Quotations / Quotations from Martin Luther King, Jr.
A nation that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is an attitude.
Hatred paralyzes life love releases it. Hatred confuses life love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life love illumines it.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I have a dream that one day ... the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.
In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhwre. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society ... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Our loyalties must transend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation and this means we must develop a world perspective.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Rarely do we find men who willingly to engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
The question is no longer between violence and non-violence it is between non-violence and non-existence.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
We shall have to repent in this generation , not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
When you are right you cannot be too radical when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.