Martin Luther King Quotes And Thoughts
Read quotes by Martin Luther King, an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Start your day with an inspiration from the great man of all time.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
A lie cannot live.
A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on installment.
A nation that continues to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
A right delayed is a right denied.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
All reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry.
Change does not roll in on wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
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 to remind that the lie of inferiority is accepted as truth in the dominant society.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or darkness of destructive selfishness.
Every step toward the goal of justice requires the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else?
He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
History will record that the greatest tragedy of social transition was not the clamor of bad people, but the appalling silence of the good.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
I have a dream my 4 little children will 1 day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin.
I have a dream that 1 day, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood
I have a dream that children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by color of their skin, but by their character.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land!
I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
I refuse to accept that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood for mankind can never become a reality.
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
If physical death is the price I must pay to free white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of spirit, nothing can be more redemptive.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values.
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.
Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they’re derivative crimes born of greater crimes of white society.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom, by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Man is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or good and to walk the high road of beauty or the low road of ugly degeneracy.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method rejecting revenge, aggression & retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding & ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.
Nonviolent action, the Negro saw, was the way to supplement, not replace, the progress of change.
Nonvoilence means you not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
Nonvoilent action is the way to divest yourself of passivity without arraying yourself in vindictive force.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
One has not started living until you can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to broader concerns of all humanity.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause one to overlook circumstances of economic injustice which make it necessary.
Pity is impersonal concern prompting the mailing of a check. True sympathy is personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.