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.
  • “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.
  • “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 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.
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.

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