Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known by his role was nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. Here we have great Martin Luther King Jr Quotes for inspiration.
Martin Luther King Jr Quotes:
“By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists … Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” 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.
“Seeing is not always believing.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“If any earthly institution or custom conflicts with God’s will, it is your Christian duty to oppose it. You must never allow the transitory, evanescent demands of man-made institutions to take precedence over the eternal demands of the Almighty God.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ ” Martin Luther King Jr.
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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. ” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“World peace through non-violent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.” 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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” 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.
“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.
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” 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.
“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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 law.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” 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.
“The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“We cannot walk alone.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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 Jr.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.” 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.
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.”
“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favour wish that he might have done you a greater one.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“A riot is the language of the unheard.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” 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.
“A lie cannot live.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows” 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.