Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes 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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
    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.
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
    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.
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.

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