Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.


Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


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.


Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.


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.


I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.


Seeing is not always believing.


I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.


He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.


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.


Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.


Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.


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.


A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.


If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened.


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.


The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'


One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.


We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.