Martin Luther King Quotes

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The Martin Luther King quotes and saying in this collection is a living testament to the important work he performed in his short 39 years of life. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929. Most people don’t know that his real name was Michael King, Jr.

Dr. King was an activist, leader, and Baptist minister. His most prominent call to civic service was his effort in fighting for civil rights.

Dr. King received many awards. Fifty of them were honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning in the United States and other places. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. King was influenced by the nonviolent teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was killed by an assassin’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

These Martin Luther King quotes will give you an in-depth inside view of this great civil right icon.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Seeing is not always believing.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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, Jr.

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, Jr.

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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?"
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly 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, Jr.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who in 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, Jr.

We must use time creatively.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have guided missiles and misguided men.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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, Jr.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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