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Inspiring Quotes By DR.Martin Luther king Jr.


Inspiring Quotes By DR.Martin Luther king Jr.

Inspiring Quotes by DR.Martin Luther KinHello Friends!! Martin Luther King was an American Baptist Minister he was also a activist,Humanitarian and also a leader in African American Civil Rights Movement.Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.On October 14, 1964,Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Martin Luther King Jr.  had great success in helping to end segregation and the disenfranchisement of African-Americans.In 1957, Martin Luther King Jr.  was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization designed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. Martin Luther King  Jr. wrote Stride toward Freedom (1958), Why We Can’t Wait (1964), and Where Do We Go from Here:Chaos or Community? (1967). His birthday is a national holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January.Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead by an assassin. His death sparked off riots in many cities and 46 people were killed during these. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school.Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested several times during his lifetimes.His name was originally named Michael king Jr. not Martin Luther King Jr.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.King married Coretta Scott, on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her parents’ house in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama.See our Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes. 

 

 

Inspiring Quotes By DR.Martin Luther king Jr.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

 

 

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

 

Children aren’t happy without something to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.

 

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

 

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,tied in a single garment of destiny.Whatever affects one directly,affects all indirectly.

 

 

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.”

 

 

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

 

 

When the history books are written, someone will say there lived black people who had the courage to stand up for their rights.

 

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

 

 

There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.

 

 

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

 

 

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.

 

 

There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love.

 

 

 

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk than crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

 

 

Never fear the unknown opportunities ahead of you. Always have complete confidence in yourself and in your actions. Trust yourself and have faith that you can take on any situation at hand.

 

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, obvious, and wrong

 

 

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.

 

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.

 

 

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

 

 

I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.

 

 

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

 

 

“We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers .”

 

 

Say no to the drug of gradualness. It was Martin Luther King, Jr., who spoke out strongly against making slow changes. Either we risk or we don’t, he said. Either we change or we don’t. There’s no acceptable middle ground because it lulls us into complacency. Lasting changes rarely occur when we ease our way into the future. They come when we leap. The leap themselves can be small or large. Once we take action, we see things differently and for many of us there’s no going back.

 

 

When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.

 

 

“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.”

 

 

“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.”

 

 

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.

 

 

Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlight path of radical justice.

 

 

 

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.

 

 

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

 

 

“The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”

 

 

Life’s is most persistent  and urgent question is

What are you doing for others?

 

 

 

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

 

 

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

 

 

 

Every man of human convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions,But we must all protest.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

 

 

In the end, for laws to be obeyed, men must believe they are right.

 

 

“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.”

 

 

Most people … are thermometers that record or register the temperature of majority of opinion, not thermostats that transform or regulate the temperature of society.

 

 

“Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

 

 

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

 

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

 

 

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

 

 

 

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

 

 

… middle-class values were less important than human values.

 

 

“The more there are riots, the more repressive actin will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.”

 

 

“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?’”

 

 

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

 

 

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

 

 

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

 

 

… The trailblazers in human, academic, and religious freedom have always been in the minority.

 

 

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

Life has a way of kicking us when we’re down. And just when we think we can’t fall any lower, we get kicked again.

 

 

 

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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 street sweeper who did his job well.”

 

 

Inspiring Quotes by Dr.Martin Luther King

 

 

“It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”

 

 

“We must use time creatively.”

 

 

“The limitations 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.”

 

 

 

There comes a time when one  must take a position that is neither safe,nor politic,nor popular,but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right

 

 

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’

“Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”

 

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If you want to be important – that’s wonderful. If you want to be great – that’s wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s your new definition of greatness – it means that everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know the second law of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love..

 

 

 

“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

 

 

 

I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

 

 

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

 

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world.

 

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.

 

 

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

 

 

Let us stand up. Let us be a concerned generation. Let us remain awake through a great revolution. And we will speed up that great day when the American Dream will be a reality. We, in the final analysis, can gain consolation from the fact that at least we’ve made strides in our struggle for peace and in our struggle for justice. We still have a long, long way to go, but at least we’ve made a creative beginning.

 

 

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

 

 

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

 

 

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. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

True compassion is more than flinging coin to a beggar.

 

 

“A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.”

 

The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God’s children. The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.  The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace: the normalcy of justice.

 

 

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. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.

 

 

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.

 

 

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

 

 

The reason I can’t follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. ‘

 

 

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice,peace and brotherhood

 

 

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

 

 

He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.

 

 

 We must March! We Must Stand up!

 

 

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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.”

 

 

 

God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth,While others live in abject deadening  poverty.

 

 

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

 

 

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

 

 

Inspiring Quotes by DR.Martin Luther Kin

 

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

 

 

Oh, snap. No, they didn’t. A boneless rib sandwich. What will they think of next? I know I shouldn’t eat these. But they’re for a limited time only.

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

 

 

“There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.”

 

 

“Judicial decrees may not change the heart; but they can restrain the heartless.”

 

 

Discrimination is a hell hound 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.

 

 

 

As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.

 

 

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.

 

 

“The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.

 

 

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. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

The time is always right to do.What is right.

 

 

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.

 

 

“Let’s not sanitize a great forward-thinking man into a our nation’s feel-good corporate diversity coach. This MLK day, share ‘The Deep Cuts.’ Because there’s no better way to honor a great man’s legacy than actually knowing what it is.”

 

 

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

 

 

“We have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society. We are still called upon to give aid to the beggar who finds himself in misery and agony on life’s highway. But one day, we must ask the question of whether an edifice which produces beggars must not be restructured and refurbished.”

 

 

 

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

 

 

 

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

 

 

We can never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”

 

 

I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for,He isn’t fit to live.

 

 

 Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

 

 

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

 

 

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

 

 

 

Man was born into barbarism

when killing his fellow man

was a normal condition of existence.

He became endowed with a conscience.

And he has now reached the day

when violence toward another human being

must become as abhorrent as eating another’s flesh.

 

 

 

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

 

 

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

 

 

Philanthropy is commendable but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

 

 

We must accept finite disappointment.But never lose infinite hope…

 

 

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”

 

 

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

 

 

“We must pursue peaceful ends by peaceful means. I’m committed to nonviolence absolutely, I am just not going to kill anybody, whether it’s in Vietnam or here at home…If nonviolent protest fails this summer, I will continue to preach and teach it…1 plan to stand by nonviolence. …(because) only a refusal to hate or kill can put an end to the chain of violence in the world and lead toward community where people live together without fear.”

 

 

“Green power — that’s the kind of power we need.”

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

“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.”

 

 

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

 

 

“War is not the answer. We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace and justice throughout the developing world – a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality and strength without sight.” 

 

 

“Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And 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 is right.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

 

 

“And there comes a time when one must take a position that neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right”

 

 

Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

 

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

 

 

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. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

 

 

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

 

Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace …

 

 

Forgiveness is not an occasional act,it is a constant attitude.

 

 

“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.”

 

 

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

 

 

A lie cannot live.

 

 

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.

 

 

I have a dream that one day in Alabama little black boys and black girls will join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

 

 

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

 

 

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.

 

 

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and… when they fail to do this purpose they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

 

 

“Oh America, how you’ve taken necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.”

 

 

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.

 

 

“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.”

 

 

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.

 

 

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