Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”
    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.
  • “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 function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
    by 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.”
    by 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?””
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
    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.
  • “The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.”
    by 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.”
    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.
  • “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.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
    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.

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