Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

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by Scott Canipe

Martin Luther King Jr quotes are left here for mankind to benefit from. Dr. King was one of the greatest men of the 20th century. His endeavors, philosophy and sacrifice exemplified the awareness of unity by bringing people together for the good of all. Of all the famous quotes that exist today, Dr. King’s are at the top of the most coveted.

His legacy, left intact, has inspired millions to overcome racism, have a higher level of self-awareness, and to strive to bring about well-being for everyone. The following are a collection of some of his most famous sayings. Enjoy and be encouraged by Martin Luther King Jr quotes.

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Uniting People

”We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. He was exposed to the ministry since birth, for both his father and grandfather were preachers. His mother taught young Martin to read before he went to school.

He enjoyed reading books and had an immense desire to learn. As a result, he skipped several grades in both elementary and high school. He entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 years old.

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Words of Wisdom

There is a lot of wisdom found in Martin Luther King Jr quotes.

”Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” 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.


”At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”A right delayed is a right denied.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”A riot is the language of the unheard.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”A lie cannot live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”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.


”The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Seeing is not always believing.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.”Martin Luther King, Jr.


”There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”Martin Luther King, Jr.


”There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”We must use time creatively.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes



Dr. King experienced racism early in life. He decided to do to something to make the world a better and fairer place.

After graduating from college and getting married, Dr. King became a minister and moved to Alabama.

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Love for Humanity

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man. 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?" Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King, Jr.


During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil rights and racial equality. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of African-Americans.

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3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III


Thought-provoking

”Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


”Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”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.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


”Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a 17-minute public speech entitled, “I Have a Dream.” It was a cry for racial equality and to end discrimination. The speech was delivered at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial and drew over 200,000 people. The speech is ranked by scholars as one of the greatest of public address.

Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III


Inspiring People to Take Action

“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.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” 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 ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. The alleged gunman was James Earl Ray, who initially confessed to the killing; however, he promptly recanted. He had a had a private meeting with Dr. King’s family and emphatically stated that he did not kill Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many feel that King’s assassination was a result of a FBI conspiracy.

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1. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain I

2. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain II

3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III


Personal Growth

“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.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”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.” 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.

“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.

“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.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.” Martin Luther King Jr quotes


At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday on January 15 to honor Dr. King. It is referred to as, “Martin Luther King Jr Day.” Additionally, August 28, the anniversary of Dr. King's 1963 I Have a Dream speech, is called "Dream Day."

Thankfully, his words were recorded so that everyone can benefit fromMartin Luther King Jr quotes.

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1. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain I

2. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain II

3. Racism - Civilization's Dark Stain III


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