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Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “As the weeks and months unfolded, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise.”

As the weeks and months unfolded, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise.

— Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism.”

Good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups are more immoral than individuals.”

Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups are more immoral than individuals.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “When I took up the cross I recognized it’s meaning. The cross is something that you bear, and ultimately, that you die on.”

When I took up the cross I recognized it’s meaning. The cross is something that you bear, and ultimately, that you die on.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self respect.”

There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self respect.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Agape means recognition of the fact that all life is interrelated. All humanity is involved in a single process, and all men are brothers. To the degree that I harm my brother, no matter what he is doing to me, to that extent I am harming myself.”

Agape means recognition of the fact that all life is interrelated. All humanity is involved in a single process, and all men are brothers. To the degree that I harm my brother, no matter what he is doing to me, to that extent I am harming myself.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ? – “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.””

Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ? – “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man’s ever-recurring song of retaliation.”

The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man’s ever-recurring song of retaliation.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. Each can spell either salvation or doom.”

Every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. Each can spell either salvation or doom.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age.”

The curse of poverty has no justification in our age.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham.”

I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “It is quite easy for me to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and where lovely relationships were ever present.”

It is quite easy for me to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and where lovely relationships were ever present.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the hopes of men the world over.”

If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the hopes of men the world over.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral.”

Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Like a boil that must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience before it can be cured.”

Like a boil that must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience before it can be cured.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “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.”

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.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Courageous men never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live. We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

Courageous men never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless; cowardly men, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live. We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him.”

My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I would suffer all the humiliation, all the torture, the absolute ostracism and even death, to prevent violence.”

I would suffer all the humiliation, all the torture, the absolute ostracism and even death, to prevent violence.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.”

Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Our generation will not have regretted both perverse crimes, and the eerie silence of the kind.”

Our generation will not have regretted both perverse crimes, and the eerie silence of the kind.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The self cannot be self without other selves.”

The self cannot be self without other selves.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.”

Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.”

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure.”

My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Violence is not the way.”

Violence is not the way.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The existence of poverty in the US should not be accepted as a necessary evil or insoluble problem, but should be considered a crisis requiring emergency measures. It is a matter of will and priorities, not a matter of resources.”

The existence of poverty in the US should not be accepted as a necessary evil or insoluble problem, but should be considered a crisis requiring emergency measures. It is a matter of will and priorities, not a matter of resources.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.””

We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must have our freedom now. We must have the right to vote. We must have equal protection of the law.”

We must have our freedom now. We must have the right to vote. We must have equal protection of the law.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart, a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.”

Christianity affirms that at the heart of reality is a Heart, a loving Father who works through history for the salvation of His children. Man cannot save himself, for man is not the measure of all things and humanity is not God. Bound by the chains of his own sin and finiteness, man needs a Savior.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.”

Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.”

There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “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.”

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.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds of energies in rehabilitation of its poor as long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.”

I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds of energies in rehabilitation of its poor as long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.”

They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My place is in the sunlight of opportunity.”

My place is in the sunlight of opportunity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The Christian faith makes it possible for us nobly to accept that which cannot be changed, and to meet disappointments and sorrow with an inner poise, and to absorb the most intense pain without abandoning our sense of hope.”

The Christian faith makes it possible for us nobly to accept that which cannot be changed, and to meet disappointments and sorrow with an inner poise, and to absorb the most intense pain without abandoning our sense of hope.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Some people are so worn down by the yoke of oppression that they give up.”

Some people are so worn down by the yoke of oppression that they give up.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.”

The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights.”

We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.”

Resistance and nonviolence are not in themselves good. There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “What good does it do to sit at the counter when you cannot afford a hamburger?”

What good does it do to sit at the counter when you cannot afford a hamburger?

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “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.”

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.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I’m very glad Christ tells us to love our neighbor and not to like our neighbor because it’s hard to like someone threatening your children and throwing fire bombs through your window, but He asks us to love them and that I can do.”

I’m very glad Christ tells us to love our neighbor and not to like our neighbor because it’s hard to like someone threatening your children and throwing fire bombs through your window, but He asks us to love them and that I can do.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

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

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.”

So I have tried to make it clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If a person sweeps streets for a living, he should sweep them as Michelangelo painted, as Beethoven composed, as Shakespear wrote.”

If a person sweeps streets for a living, he should sweep them as Michelangelo painted, as Beethoven composed, as Shakespear wrote.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.”

One day we shall win freedom, but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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