Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther
King, Jr.

American Clergyman, Activist, African-American Civil Rights Leader, Assassinated

Author Quotes

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

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.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.

The time is always right to do the right thing.

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

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

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

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

The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

One might ask, "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.

Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of high maturity, to rise to the level of self-criticism.

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 we must 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.

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

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Martin Luther
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King, Jr.
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American Clergyman, Activist, African-American Civil Rights Leader, Assassinated