43 Remarkable MLK Jr Quotes

43 Remarkable MLK Jr Quotes

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor, humanitarian, and African American civil rights leader. His incredible speaking skills quickly drew people to him and he gained tremendous momentum in the early 1960′s. He organized marches and gave speeches in hopes of racial and civil equality for everybody. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the young age of 39.

“A second thing that an individual must do in seeking to love his enemy is to discover the element of good in his enemy, and everytime you begin to hate that person and think of hating that
person, realize that there is some good there and look at those good points which will over-balance the bad points.”

“But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non-violent resistance based on the principle of love.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Give us the ballot, and we will transform the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.”

“Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.”

“History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor
miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

“I am afraid that many among you are more concerned about making a living than making a life.”

“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.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“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.”

“I think the first reason that we should love our enemies, and I think this was at the very center of Jesus’ thinking, is this: that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and
evil in the universe.”

“If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that’s
the strong person.”

“If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. ”

“I’m talking about the love of God in the hearts of men. I’m talking about a type of love which will cause you to love the person who does the evil deed while hating the deed that the person
does. We’ve got to love.”

“In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing self.”

“In the struggle for human rights and justice, Negros will make a mistake if they become bitter and indulge in hate campaigns.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is the practical realist.”

“Let us be practical and ask the question: How do we love our enemies?”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from
animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

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

“There are often multiple sources for some famous statements by King; as a professional speaker and minister he used some significant phrases with only slight variation many times in his
essays, books, and his speeches to different audiences.”

“There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.”

“There is something wrong with our world, something fundamentally and basically wrong.”

these forces conjoined to cause the Negro to take a new look at himself. His religion revealed to him that God loves all of his children and that all men are made in His image. That the
basic thing about a man is not his specificity but his fundamental. Not the texture of his hair or the color of his skin but his eternal dignity and worth.”

“These men so often have a high blood pressure of words and an anemia of deeds.”

“Today it is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or nonexistence. ”

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”

“We have adopted in the modern world a sort of a relativistic ethic.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

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

“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men
better. Love is the only way.”

“We must follow nonviolence and love.”

“You cannot solve the problem by turning to communism, for communism is based on an ethical relativism and a metaphysical materialism that no Christian can accept.”

“You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression.”