Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes 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 quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
    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.
  • “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.
  • “Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
    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.
  • “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 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.
  • “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.
  • “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 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.
  • “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
    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.
  • “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
    by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    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.

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