Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes 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 decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    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 quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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 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.
  • “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.
  • “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 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.
  • “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
    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.
  • “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 have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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