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Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Martin Luther King Jr:

A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights, Language.

Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having their legs off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?" But, conscience asks the question, "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Morality.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Generosity.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Faith.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Hate, Love.

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream - a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: America, American Dreams, Compassion.

I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

If man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights, History.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Power, Violence.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Ignorance.

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: / we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: America, American Dreams.

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Giving.

The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Hell.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes, Strength to Love, 1963 - Category: Power, Society.

The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Revolution.

Today the choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Choice, Civil Rights.

We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes, Strength to Love, 1963 - Category: Brotherhood.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Morality.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.
~ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes - Category: Civil Rights.

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