Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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All quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.: 4th Of July Abundance Abuse Acceptance Activism Adversity Affirmations Age Aids Altruism American Dream Anger Animals Apathy Atheism Atmosphere Attitude Being Strong Belief Betrayal Birds Birth Bitterness Black History Blindness Bones Brotherhood Brothers Brothers And Sisters Bus Business Cancer Capital Punishment Capitalism Challenges Change Changing The World Chaos Character Charity Children Choices Christ Christianity Church Civil Disobedience Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Coffee College Commitment Communism Community Compassion Conflict Conscience Constitution Country Courage Creation Creativity Crime Criticism Culture Darkness Death Death Penalty Decisions Declaration Of Independence Defeat Democracy Destiny Determination Difficulty Dignity Disappointment Discipline Discrimination Diversity Doom Dreams Drinking Drugs Dying Earth Eating Economics Economy Education Effort Emotions Encouragement Enemies Energy Equal Rights Equality Ethics Evil Excellence Exploitation Extremism Eyes Failing Fairness Faith Fathers Fear Feelings Fighting Forgiveness Freedom Friendship Frustration Fun Generosity Genius Giving Giving Back Giving Up Glory Goals God Goodness Grace Greatness Growth Guilt Guns Hard Work Harmony Hate Hatred Heart Heaven Hell Helping Others Hills History Home Hope Human Dignity Human Nature Human Rights Humanity Humility Hunger Hurt Ideology Ignorance Independence Injustice Inspiration Inspirational Inspiring Integrity Intelligence Jazz Jesus Jesus Christ Judging Justice Justification Knowledge Labor Language Leadership Learning Leaving Legacy Liars Liberalism Liberty Life Love Love And Hate Love Life Loyalty Lying Madness Making A Difference Mankind Marriage Materialism Military Mistakes Money Morality Morning Motivation Motivational Mountain Moving Forward Myth Negotiation Neighbors Non Violence Nonviolence Opinions Opportunity Oppression Optimism Overcoming Pain Passion Past Patriotism Peace Persistence Personality Perspective Philanthropy Philosophy Pleasure Police Politics Positive Poverty Power Praise Prejudice Procrastination Progress Property Protest Public Service Purpose Quality Racism Rage Reality Reconciliation Recovery Redemption Religion Religious Freedom Respect Responsibility Revenge Revolution Righteousness Rings Riots Risk Running Sacrifice Sad Salvation School Science Science And Religion Security Segregation Self Esteem Self Respect Serving Others Shame Silence Sin Skins Slavery Slaves Social Change Social Justice Socialism Society Son Songs Sorrow Soul Spirituality Strength Struggle Study Success Suffering Surrender Survival Survivor Teachers Teaching Temptation Time Today Torture Tragedy Transformation True Friends Truth Tyranny Uncertainty Unconditional Love Understanding Unity Universe Values Victory Vietnam War Violence Virtue Vision Volunteer Volunteerism Voting Waiting Walking Wall War Water Weakness Wealth Welfare Winning Wisdom Work Worship Writing Yoga Youth more...
  • The belief that God will do everything for man is as untenable as the belief that man can do everything for himself. It, too, is based on a lack of faith. We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.

    Men  
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012). “A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings”, p.136, Beacon Press
  • Though we live in the colony of time, we are ultimately responsible to the empire of eternity.

    Martin Luther King Jr. (1963). “Strength to Love”
  • We may win a battle, but if in doing so we have planted thousands of seeds of hatred and fear..the war is not over- only the present conflict has ceased. There will be no peace as long as we react to violence with violence.

  • Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.

    Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence, Delivered 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City
  • Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's often vocal sanction of things as they are.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2011). “Why We Can't Wait”, p.67, Beacon Press
  • Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.

    Men  
    "Loving Your Enemies". Speech delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, November 17, 1957.
  • This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts: Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.

    Martin Luther King (Jr.) (2012). “A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings”, p.128, Beacon Press
  • Personalism's insistence that only personality-finite and infinite-is ultimately real strengthened me in two convictions: it gave me metaphysical and philosophical grounding for the idea of a personal God, and it gave me a metaphysical basis for the dignity and worth of all human personality.

    Wisdom   Real  
    Martin Luther King (Jr.), Alex Ayres (1993). “The Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr”, Plume
  • Whatever my doubts, however heavy the burden, I feel that I must accept the task of helping to make this nation and this world a better place to live in - for all men, black and white alike.

    Men  
    Source: www.thedailybeast.com
  • It will be one of the tragedies of Christian history if future historians record that at the height of the twentieth century the church was one of the greatest bulwarks of white supremacy.

    Martin Luther King Jr. (1963). “Strength to Love”
  • In spite of its glowing talk about the welfare of the masses, Communism's methods and philosophy strip man of his dignity and worth, leaving him as little more than a depersonalized cog in the ever-turning wheel of the state.

    Men  
    Martin Luther King (Jr.) (1968). “I Have a Dream: The Quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr”
  • Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

    Martin Luther King (Jr.) (1968). “I Have a Dream: The Quotations of 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.

    Wisdom  
    Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King (Jr.) (1989). “The trumpet of conscience”, HarperCollins
  • We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters.

    Justice  
    I Have a Dream, delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
  • We must all learn to live together as brothers. Or we will all perish together as foolsFor some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.

    Methodist Student Leadership Conference Address, delivered 1964, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • I am thankful, however, that some of our white brothers have grasped the meaning of this social revolution and committed themselves to it. They are still all too small in quantity, but they are big in quality.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013). “The Essential Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I Have a Dream" and Other Great Writings”, p.99, Beacon Press
  • The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.

    "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam". Speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, www.informationclearinghouse.info. April 30, 1967.
  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

  • I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him.

    Men  
    "I Have a Dream: The Quotations of Martin Luther King, Jr".
  • Something should remind us once more that the great things in this universe are things that we never see.

  • Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.

  • President Lyndon Johnson's high spirits were marked as he circulated among the many guests whom he had invited to witness an event he confidently felt to be historic, the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.... The bill that lay on the polished mahogany desk was born in violence in Selma, Alabama, where a stubborn sheriff... had stumbled against the future.

    Rights  
  • I was in the kitchen drinking coffee when I heard Coretta cry, "Martin, Martin, come quickly!" I put down my cup and ran toward the living room. As I approached the front window Coretta pointed joyfully to a slowly moving bus: "Darling, it's empty!

    Martin Luther King (Jr.) (1964). “A Martin Luther King Treasury”
  • Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2010). “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story”, p.225, Beacon Press
  • Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.

    I've Been to the Mountaintop, delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee
  • A host of positive psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security. The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the means to seek self-improvement. Personal conflicts among husbands, wives and children will diminish when the unjust measurement of human worth on the scale of dollars is eliminated.

    Wisdom  
    "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?". Book by Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967.
  • We all can't be famous but we can all be great and we become great when we serve others

  • Evil must be attacked by. . . the day to day assault of the battering rams of justice.

    Justice  
    Martin Luther King (Jr.), Alex Ayres (1993). “The Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr”, Plume
  • In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing self.

    Self   Order  
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013). “A Time to Break Silence: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students”, p.22, Beacon Press
  • Never, never be afraid to do what's right.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Born: January 15, 1929
  • Died: April 4, 1968
  • Occupation: Civil rights activist