You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream. Martin Luther King Jr
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Perhaps the worst sin in life is knowing right and not doing it.
Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty we are free at last.
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
Find a voice in a whisper.
A lie cannot live.
Seeing is not always believing.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever.
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Be the peace you wish to see in the world.
Without justice, there can be no peace.
We must shift the arms race into a ‘peace race’.
Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.
Music is the best consolation for a despaired man.
We must in strength and humility meet hate with love.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. Martin Luther King Jr
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. Martin Luther King Jr
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King Jr
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important Martin Luther King Jr
Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. Martin Luther King Jr
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Martin Luther King Jr
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr
Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. Martin Luther King Jr
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr
Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King Jr
A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make. Martin Luther King Jr
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law. Martin Luther King Jr
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King Jr
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. (See the YouTube video of “I have a dream”)
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
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.
A right delayed is a right denied.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
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.
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
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.
Whatever career you may choose for yourself – doctor, lawyer, teacher – let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it.
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.
Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.
We spend 322 000$ for each enemy we kill in Vietnam, while we spend in the so-called “war on poverty” in America only about 53$ for each person classified as poor.
There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I was not afraid of the words of the violent, but of the silence of the honest.
In a sense, songs are the soul of a movement.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
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.
Part 1. I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
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.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.
The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open.
One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying.
A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.
The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
You can have no influence over those for whom you have underlying contempt.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
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.
Courageous men never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live.
I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
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.