Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes 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.
  • “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “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.”
    by 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.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”
    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 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.
  • “A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
    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.
  • “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
    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.
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
    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.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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