Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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Martin Luther King Jr. was President of the southern Christian Leadership conference and co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church, Atlanta, George. He led the dramatic “walk for freedom” in Montgomery, which resulted in bus desegregation, and for a decade he led the African American struggle for civil rights. He was Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1963 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Among his works are The Measure of a Man, Why We Can t Wait, and Stride toward Freedom.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.Wikipedia

“If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.”

So wrote Coretta Scott King. She continued: “I believe it is because this book best explains the central element of Martin Luther King, Jr.’ s philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a divine, loving presence that binds all life. That insight, luminously conveyed in this classic text, here presented in a new and attractive edition, hints at the personal transformation at the root of social justice: ” By reaching into and beyond ourselves and tapping the transcendent moral ethic of love, we shall overcome these evils.”

Born: January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Assassinated: April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Spouse: Coretta Scott King (m. 1953–1968)
Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Time’s Person of the Year

A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Many men cry Peace! Peace! but they refuse to do the things that make for peace.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The time is always right to do what is right.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We may have all come in different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We must shift the arms race into a ‘peace race’.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.

— Martin Luther King Jr.