95 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
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Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
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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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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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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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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.
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If a man is called to be a street sweeper, 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 street sweeper who did his job well.
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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
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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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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?"
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There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
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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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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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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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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
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Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and enobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
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Seeing is not always believing.
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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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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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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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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
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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.
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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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Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
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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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When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
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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.
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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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Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
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Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
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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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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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The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
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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.
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Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
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If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
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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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The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
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I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. 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.
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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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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
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We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
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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 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.
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