Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr.

US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 - 1968)

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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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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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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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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.

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

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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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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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

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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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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

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Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.

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

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Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
Expediency asks the question - is it political?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.

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All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

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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.

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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 time is always right to do what is right.

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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.

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Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.

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God is not merely interestd in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men.He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.

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We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

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We have flown the air like birds and swum the seas like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.

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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.

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A man who won

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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 and say, "Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

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All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

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

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One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

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

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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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

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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.

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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.

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