Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
    by 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 together at the table of brotherhood.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
    by 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.”
    by 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.”
    by 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.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    by 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.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
    by 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.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “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.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “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.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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