Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Quotes

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual who breaks a law that 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 the law.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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. Martin Luther King
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.  Martin Luther
King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream
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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of
former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit togetherat the table of brotherhood.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.



I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious
values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has
spiritual control.  Martin Luther King, Jr.



It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes;
but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the
white society.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when
they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.  Martin  Luther King, Jr.

One who breaks an unjust law that 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.   Martin Luther King,
Jr.


Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth  man walks on. It is not man.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly 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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the Good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of  extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not
pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


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. When we discover this, we are
less prone to hate our enemies.  Martin Luther King, Jr.


We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life's work is does it well. A man should do his job so l that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.  Martin Luther King, Jr.