46+ Martin Luther King Jr Quotes




Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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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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Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.

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Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

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

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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.

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There ís something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.

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There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

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I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

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Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

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

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One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.

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Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.

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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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Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.

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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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Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.

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Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.

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

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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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The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.

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Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.

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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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There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

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If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.

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It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.

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It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.

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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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If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.

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Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.

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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, cruelly mocked, but it an never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

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Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

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And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.

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We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

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The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.

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Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.

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Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.

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Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

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Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.

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He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.

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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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This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. 

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