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It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
—  Martin Luther King
On blacks in America; A riot is the language of the unheard.
—  Martin Luther King
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
—  Martin Luther King
Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
—  Martin Luther King
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.
—  Martin Luther King
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
—  Martin Luther King
The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
—  Martin Luther King
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon ... which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
—  Martin Luther King
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
—  Martin Luther King
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it.
—  Martin Luther King
From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring ... Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill.
—  Martin Luther King
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
—  Martin Luther King
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.
—  Martin Luther King
The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
—  Martin Luther King
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
—  Martin Luther King
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
—  Martin Luther King
Rarely do we find men who willingly to engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
—  Martin Luther King
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
—  Martin Luther King
I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
—  Martin Luther King
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
—  Martin Luther King
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
—  Martin Luther King
Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
—  Martin Luther King
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
—  Martin Luther King
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
—  Martin Luther King
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
—  Martin Luther King
I'm grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle.
—  Martin Luther King
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
—  Martin Luther King
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
—  Martin Luther King
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
—  Martin Luther King
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
—  Martin Luther King
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,?aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
—  Martin Luther King
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
—  Martin Luther King
Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
—  Martin Luther King
If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
—  Martin Luther King
The ultimate solution to the race problem lies in the willingness of men to obey the unenforceable.
—  Martin Luther King
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.
—  Martin Luther King
I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And 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.
—  Martin Luther King
We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
—  Martin Luther King
Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here.
—  Martin Luther King
If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolute night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
—  Martin Luther King
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
—  Martin Luther King
My study of Gandhi convinced me that true pacifism is not nonresistance to evil, but nonviolent resistance to evil. Between the two positions, there is a world of difference. Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.
—  Martin Luther King
Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.
—  Martin Luther King
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
—  Martin Luther King
The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
—  Martin Luther King
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.
—  Martin Luther King
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
—  Martin Luther King
I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.
—  Martin Luther King
All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
—  Martin Luther King
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
—  Martin Luther King
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played 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.
—  Martin Luther King
Even though I have never had an abrupt conversion experience, religion has been real to me and closely knitted to life. In fact the two cannot be separated; religion for me is life.
—  Martin Luther King
Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived.
—  Martin Luther King
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's right.
—  Martin Luther King
There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.
—  Martin Luther King
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 reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
—  Martin Luther King
A riot is the language of the unheard. On blacks in America; address at Birmingham AL
—  Martin Luther King
In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.
—  Martin Luther King
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
—  Martin Luther King
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
—  Martin Luther King
Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
—  Martin Luther King
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.
—  Martin Luther King
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
—  Martin Luther King
We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.
—  Martin Luther King
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
—  Martin Luther King
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
—  Martin Luther King
One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
—  Martin Luther King
My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him.
—  Martin Luther King
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
—  Martin Luther King
It is quite easy for me to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and where lovely relationships were ever present.
—  Martin Luther King
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
—  Martin Luther King
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
—  Martin Luther King
We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.
—  Martin Luther King
The spirit of Lincoln still lives; that spirit born of the teachings of the Nazarene, who promised mercy to the merciful, who lifted the lowly, strengthened the weak, ate with publicans, and made the captives free. In the light of this divine example, the doctrines of demagogues shiver in their chaff.
—  Martin Luther King
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
—  Martin Luther King
Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire.
—  Martin Luther King
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
—  Martin Luther King
We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
—  Martin Luther King
Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
—  Martin Luther King
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.
—  Martin Luther King
The great event on Calvary ... is an eternal reminder to a power drunk generation that love is the most durable power in the world, and that it is at bottom the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. Only through achieving this love can you expect to matriculate into the university of eternal life.
—  Martin Luther King
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
—  Martin Luther King
So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
—  Martin Luther King
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
—  Martin Luther King
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
—  Martin Luther King
We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
—  Martin Luther King
I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.
—  Martin Luther King
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
—  Martin Luther King
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
—  Martin Luther King

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