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“The conservatives who say, "Let us not move so fast," and the extremists who say, "Let us go out and whip the world ," would tell you that they are as far apart as the poles. But there is a striking parallel: They accomplish nothing; for they do not reach the people who have a crying need to be free.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service... You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That's all.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“What I'm saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.
“We must substitute courage for caution.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait
“One of the greatest problems of history is that the concepts of love and power are usually contrasted as polar opposites. Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait
“Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. 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. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to work to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait
“But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. ”
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. ”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ... The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.
“it is just as wrong, or even perhaps more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The more I thought about human nature, the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin/mistakes causes us to use our minds to rationalize our action.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being 'disturbers of the peace' and 'outside agitators.' But they went on with the conviction that they were a 'colony of heaven' and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be 'astronomically intimidated.' They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Things are different now. The contemporary Church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the archsupporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the Church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
“Babies, we are told, are the latest news from heaven.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“If a man hasn’t found something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
Martin Luther King Jr.


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