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Martin Luther King, Jr. Famous Quotes


Martin Luther King, Jr. was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929 and died on Died: April 4, 1968.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, civil rights activist in the United States and Nobel Prize winner. King’s challenges to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s helped convince many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States. After his assassination in 1968, King became a symbol of protest in the struggle for racial justice. Below are the collections of Martin Luther famous quotes, quoted by him during his lifetime. Enjoy!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
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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.
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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
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Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
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One who breaks an unjust 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 law.
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We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
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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.
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There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
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Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
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That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
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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.
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A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
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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.
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I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
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It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
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The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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A right delayed is a right denied.
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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.
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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.
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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
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A riot is the language of the unheard.
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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
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He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
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Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
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If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
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History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
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A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
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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.
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A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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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.
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I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
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We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
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If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
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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.
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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
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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.
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A lie cannot live.
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All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
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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.
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