Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther
King, Jr.
1929
1968

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

Author Quotes

It may well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence of the so-called good people. It may be that our generation will have to repent not only for the diabolical actions and vitriolic words of the children of darkness, but also for the crippling fears and tragic apathy of the children of light.

Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.

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

Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.

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

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Pity may represent little more than impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.

The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands a times of challenge and controversy.

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

Author Picture
First Name
Martin Luther
Last Name
King, Jr.
Birth Date
1929
Death Date
1968
Bio

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