Martin Luther King quotes

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

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

— Martin Luther King

 quotes - Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase. Share

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.”

— Martin Luther King

 quotes - Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Share

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

— Martin Luther King

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

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

— Martin Luther King

 quotes - A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan. Share

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”

— Martin Luther King

“I submit that 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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

— Martin Luther King

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

— Martin Luther King

“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

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

— Martin Luther King

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

— Martin Luther King

“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

— Martin Luther King

“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

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”

— Martin Luther King

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”

— Martin Luther King

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

— Martin Luther King

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

— Martin Luther King

“Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.”

— Martin Luther King

“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.”

— Martin Luther King

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”

— Martin Luther King

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

— Martin Luther King

“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

— Martin Luther King

“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

— Martin Luther King

“I've seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.... But be assured that we'll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”

— Martin Luther King

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

— Martin Luther King

“...And 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

“Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force... If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.”

— Martin Luther King

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

— Martin Luther King