Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

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

We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate wars producing more wars - must be broken or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Discrimination is a hellhound 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.

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

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

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

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

Seeing is not always believing.

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

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

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

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.

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

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.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

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