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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
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.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Quotes
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
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.
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.
We cannot walk alone. And as we walk we must pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
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.
I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his bootstraps.
Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.
Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.
The time is always right to do what is right.
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.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life, is what is important.
We can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested
Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.
Keep feeling the need to be important. Keep feeling the need to be first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.
Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
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!
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.
But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.
Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.
In some not-too-distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.
I concluded that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.
If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
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. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
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.
All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ … Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.
No one knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter to me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… 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.
Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”
I dare to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education, and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
There are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they are worth dying for. And I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
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.
When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.
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.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals
It is not enough to say ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace.
Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, and to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view, we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, 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.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
The battle is in our hands. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us.
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.
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.
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole to preserve the best in their societies.
The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love.
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.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
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.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method that rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
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.
There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
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