Martin Luther King, Jr.

Top 100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes on Love, Life, Democracy, Leadership, Equality and Courage

 

In The End, we will Remember Not The Words of our Enemies, but The Silence of our Friends.” 

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“Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness: Only Light can Do that. Hate Cannot Drive out Hate: Only Love can Do that.” 

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“Even though we Face The Difficulties of Today and Tomorrow, I still have a Dream.” 

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“There is No Deficit in Human Resources; The Deficit is in Human will.” 

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“There Comes a Time when One must take a Position that is neither Safe, nor Politic, nor Popular, but he must take it because Conscience tells him it is Right.” 

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“We must Come to See that The End we Seek is a Society at Peace with itself, a Society that can Live with its Conscience.” 

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“I have Decided to Stick to Love... Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear.” 

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“If you Can't Fly then Run, if you Can't Run then Walk, if you Can't Walk then Crawl, but whatever you Do you have to Keep Moving Forward.” 

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“The Church must be Reminded that it is Not The Master or The Servant of The State, but rather The Conscience of The State. It must be The Guide and The Critic of The State, and Never its Tool. If The Church does Not Recapture its Prophetic zeal, it will Become an irrelevant Social Club without Moral or Spiritual Authority.” 

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“A Man Can’t Ride your Back unless it’s Bent.” 

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“Faith is Taking The First Step even when you Can't See The whole Staircase.” 

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"Our Scientific Power has Outrun our Spiritual Power. We have Guided Missiles and Misguided Men.” 

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“There Comes a Time when Silence is Betrayal.” 

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“I Refuse to Accept The View that Mankind is so Tragically Bound to The Starless Midnight of Racism and war that The Bright Daybreak of Peace and Brotherhood can Never Become a Reality... I Believe that Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love will have The Final Word.” 

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“We must Use Time Creatively, in The Knowledge that The Time is always Ripe to Do Right.”

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“A Lie Cannot Live.”

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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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“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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“The Time is always Right to Do what is Right.” 

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“Our Lives begin to End The Day we become Silent about Things that Matter.” 

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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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“Intelligence Plus Character-that is The Goal of True Education.” 

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“I Want to be The White Man’s Brother, Not his Brother-in-law.” 

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“It is Not Possible to be in Favor of Justice for Some People and Not be in Favor of Justice for all People.” 

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“Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question is, What are you Doing for Others?” 

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“It's Not The Violence of The Few that Scares me, it's The Silence of The Many.” 

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“A Strong Man must be Militant as well as Moderate. He must be a Realist as well as an idealist.” 

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“Without Justice, There can be No Peace.” 

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“Everybody can Be Great... because Anybody can Serve. You Don't have to have a College Degree to Serve. You Don't have to Make your Subject and Verb Agree to Serve. You only Need a Heart full of Grace. A Soul Generated by Love.” 

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“Power without Love is Reckless and Abusive, and Love without Power is Sentimental and Anemic.” 

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“We are Not Makers of History. We are Made by History.”

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“Nothing in The World is More Dangerous than Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity.” 

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“No One Really Knows why they are Alive until they Know what they'd Die for.” 

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“Only in The Darkness can you See The Stars.” 

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“Live like Jesus Died Yesterday, Rose this Morning, and is Coming Back Tomorrow.” 

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“A Genuine Leader is Not a Searcher for Consensus but a Molder of Consensus.” 

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“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.” 

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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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“Education must Enable One to Sift and Weigh Evidence, to Discern The True from The False, The Real from The Unreal, and The Facts from The Fiction.” 

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“A Right Delayed is a Right Denied.” 

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“Never, Never be Afraid to do what's Right, Especially if The Well-being of a Person or Animal is at Stake. Society's Punishments are Small compared to The Wounds we inflict on our Soul when we look The Other Way.” 

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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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“We must Live to gether as Brothers or Perish together as Fools.” 

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“But I Know, somehow, that Only when it is Dark enough can you See The Stars.” 

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“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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“I Don't Think you can be in Public Life without Being Called Bad Names.” 

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“The Ultimate Tragedy is Not The Oppression and Cruelty by The Bad People but The Silence over that by The Good People.” 

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“Science investigates; Religion interprets. Science Gives man Knowledge, which is Power; Religion Gives man Wisdom, which is Control. Science Deals mainly with Facts; Religion Deals mainly with Values. The Two are Not Rivals.”

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“You Don't have to See The whole Staircase, just take The First Step.” 

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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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“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

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“Civilization and Violence are Antithetical Concepts.” 

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“Man must Evolve for all Human conflict a Method which Rejects Revenge, Aggression and Retaliation. The Foundation of such a Method is Love.” 

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“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.” 

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“Let's Build Bridges, Not Walls.” 

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“The Difference between a Dreamer and a Visionary is that a Dreamer has his Eyes Closed and a Visionary has his Eyes Open.” 

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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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“Love is The only Force Capable of Transforming an Enemy into Friend.” 

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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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“Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given by The Pressure; it must be Demanded by The Oppressed.” 

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“We must Accept Finite Disappointment but Never Lose Infinite Hope." 

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“I Say to you Today, my Friends, that in Spite of The Difficulties and Frustrations of The Moment, I still have a Dream.” 

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“Time has been Used Destructively by People of ill will much more than it has been Used Constructively by those of Good will.” 

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“No Person has The Right to Rain on your Dreams.” 

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“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.” 

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“All Labor that Uplifts Humanity has Dignity and Importance and should be Undertaken with Painstaking excellence.” 

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“The Best Way to Solve any Problem is to Remove its Cause.” 

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“Whatever Career you may Choose for yourself – Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher – let me Propose an Avocation to be Pursued along with it.” 

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“The Hottest place in Hell is Reserved for those who Remain Neutral in Times of Great Moral conflict.” 

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“Forgiveness is Not an Occasional Act, it is a Constant Attitude.” 

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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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“At The Center of Non-violence Stands The Principle of Love.” 

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“If I Cannot do Great Things, I can do Small Things in a Great Way.” 

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“The Quality, Not The Longevity, of One's Life is what is Important.” 

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“Courage is The Power of The Mind to Overcome Fear.” 

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“He who is Devoid of The Power to Forgive is Devoid of The Power to Love.”

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“I Never Cease to Wonder at The Amazing Presumption of much of White Society, Assuming that they have The Right to Bargain with The Negro for his Freedom.” 

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“Be The Peace you Wish to See in The World!

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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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“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.”  

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“You can Kill The Dreamer, but you Can’t Kill The Dream.” 

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“Nonviolence is Absolute Commitment to The Way of Love. Love is Not Emotional Bash; it is Not Empty Sentimentalism. It is The Active Outpouring of One’s whole being into The Being of Another.”

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“People Fail to get along because they Fear Each other; they Fear Each other because they Don't Know Each other; they Don't Know Each other because they have Not Communicated with Each other.” 

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“Lightning Makes No Sound until it Strikes.” 

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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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“The Choice is Not between Violence and Nonviolence but between Nonviolence and Nonexistence.” 

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“One has a Moral Responsibility to Disobey Unjust Laws.” 

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“We may have all Come on Different Ships, but we’re in The Same Boat now.” 

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“Never Forget that Everything Hitler did in Germany was Legal.” 

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“Wars are Poor Chisels for Carving out Peaceful Tomorrows.” 

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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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“We must Build Dikes of Courage to Hold back The Flood of Fear.”

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“Seeing is Not always Believing.” 

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“A Productive and Happy Life is Not Something you Find; it is Something you Make.” 

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“As my Sufferings Mounted I soon Realized that there were Two Ways in which I could Respond to My Situation — either to React with Bitterness or Seek to Transform The Suffering into a Creative force. I Decided to Follow The Latter Course.” 

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“Find a Voice in a Whisper.” 

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“To be Great, you have to be Willing to be Mocked, Hated, and Misunderstood. Stay Strong.” 

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“It may be True that The Law Cannot Make a Man Love Me, but I can Keep him from Lynching Me, and I Think that’s Pretty Important.” 

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“Music is The Best Consolation for a Despaired Man.” 

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“Hatred Paralyzes Life; Love Releases it. Hatred Confuses Life; Love Harmonizes it. Hatred Darkens Life; Love illuminates it.” 

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“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.” 

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“Never Succumb to The Temptation of Bitterness.”

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“True Compassion is more than Flinging a Coin to a Beggar; it Comes to See that an Edifice which Produces Beggars Needs Restructuring.” 

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“We all Too often have Socialism for The Rich and Rugged Free market Capitalism for The Poor.” 

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“We Refuse to Believe that The Bank of Justice is Bankrupt.” 

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“Man must Evolve for all Human Conflict a Method which Rejects Revenge, Aggression in Retaliation. The Foundation of such a Method is Love.” 

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“I Believe that Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love will have The Final Word in Reality. This is why Right, Temporarily Defeated, is Stronger than Evil Triumphant.” 

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“Love is The only Creative, Redemptive, Transforming Power, in The Universe.” 

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“Our Goal is to Create a Beloved Community," said Dr. King, "and this will Require a Qualitative Change in our Souls as well as a Quantitative Change in our Lives.” 

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“Oppressed people Cannot Remain Oppressed forever. The Yearning for Freedom eventually Manifests itself.” 

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“A riot is the language of the unheard.”

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“Ten Thousand Fools Proclaim themselves into Obscurity, while One Wise man Forgets himself into Immortality.”

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“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.

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“To other Countries, I may Go as a Tourist, but to India, I Come as a Pilgrim.” 

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“We must Learn that Passively to Accept an Unjust System is to Cooperate with that System, and thereby to Become a Participant in its Evil.” 

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“Courage is an Inner Resolution to Go Forward Despite obstacles; Cowardice is Submissive Surrender to Circumstances.” 

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“Let No Man Pull you so Low as to Hate him.” 

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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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“Education must Enable One to Sift and Weigh Evidence, to Discern The True from The False, The Real from The Unreal, and The Facts from The Fiction.” 

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“Courage Faces Fear and thereby Masters it.” 

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“The Time has Come for Us to Civilize ourselves by The Total, Direct and Immediate Abolition of Poverty.” 

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“The Principle of Self Defense, even involving Weapons and Bloodshed, has Never been Condemned, even by Gandhi.” 

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