Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Page 4

Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them - certain traits, certain places where you don't let the world go. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Age   |


This is the ultimate weakness of violence: It multiplies evil and violence in the universe. It doesn't solve any problems.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Problem   |


What I'm saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Life   |


It all boils down to the fact that we must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Goals   |


We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Choices   |


The greatness of our God lies in the fact that [He] is both tough minded and tender hearted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Greatness   |


My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God's hands.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
God   |


The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage they did not know they had.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Compassion   |


We stand in life at midnight; we are always at the threshold of a new dawn.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
New Beginnings   |


And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don't just set out to do a good job.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Good   |


Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Change   |


He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forgiveness   |


I admire the good Samaritan, but I don't want to be one. I don't want to spend my life picking up people by the side of the road after they have been beaten up and robbed. I want to change the Jericho road, so that everybody has an opportunity for a job, education, security, health.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Opportunity   |


A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy   |


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Friend   |


We must come to see that the end we seek is a society that is at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace   |


Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brotherhood   |


Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hope   |


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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fear   |


One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Example   |


You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you're afraid that you will lose your job, or you're afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you're afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr., But If Not Sermon
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