Martin Luther King Jr Quotes



Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther KingJr., was a Baptist minister and social rights activist in the United States in the 1950s and '60s. He was a leader of the American civil rights movement.


Here is the collection of Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step
The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love
Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality
Hate destroys the hater
Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty we are free at last
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
I was not afraid of the words of the violent, but of the silence of the honest
The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind
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
A riot is the language of the unheard
It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity
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
There is no gain without struggle
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother in law
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace
You know, a lot of people don’t love themselves. And they go through life with deep and haunting emotional conflicts. So the length of life means that you must love yourself. And you know what loving yourself also means? It means that you’ve got to accept yourself
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see
Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service
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
The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice
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
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for
We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will. And we shall continue to love you
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
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
You see, equality is not only a matter of mathematics and geometry, but it’s a matter of psychology
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
We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil
In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live
No, violence is not the way. Hate is not the way. Bitterness is not the way. We must stand up with love in our hearts, with a lack of bitterness and yet a determination to protest courageously for justice and freedom in this land
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love
Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Many of our inner conflicts are rooted in hate. This is why psychiatrists say, “Love or perish.” Hate is too great a burden to bear
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
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
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right
There is no such thing as separate but equal. Separation, segregation, inevitably makes for inequality
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear
The time is always right to do right
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools
So it means that we must rise up and protest courageously wherever we find segregation. Yes, we must do it nonviolently. We cannot afford to use violence in the struggle
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