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Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Voting is the foundation stone for political action.”

Voting is the foundation stone for political action.

— Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.”

There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God’s hands.”

My obligation is to do the right thing. The rest is in God’s hands.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “It’s not the violence of the few that scares me, it’s the silence of the many.”

It’s not the violence of the few that scares me, it’s the silence of the many.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “But by all means, keep moving.”

But by all means, keep moving.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Unity has never meant uniformity.”

Unity has never meant uniformity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.”

If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “In a real sense faith is total surrender to God .”

In a real sense faith is total surrender to God .

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.”

The best way to solve any problem is to remove its cause.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.”

I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars...”

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars...

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”

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

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.”

Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”

It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “There is within human nature an amazing potential for goodness.”

There is within human nature an amazing potential for goodness.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.”

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally ‘in the red.’ We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.”

All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally ‘in the red.’ We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I was not afraid of the words of the violent, but of the silence of the honest.”

I was not afraid of the words of the violent, but of the silence of the honest.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Every person must stand up and be accountable, but be responsible for their actions.”

Every person must stand up and be accountable, but be responsible for their actions.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Was not Jesus an extremist in love? – “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.””

Was not Jesus an extremist in love? – “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.”

The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”

The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Be an artist at whatever you do. Even if you are a street sweeper, be the Michelangelo of street sweepers.”

Be an artist at whatever you do. Even if you are a street sweeper, be the Michelangelo of street sweepers.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.”

Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.”

A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself...”

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself...

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “You can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.”

You can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.”

The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers-or we will all perish together as fools.”

Through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers-or we will all perish together as fools.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions.”

Personality is like a charioteer with two headstrong horses, each wanting to go in different directions.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We stand in life at midnight; we are always at the threshold of a new dawn.”

We stand in life at midnight; we are always at the threshold of a new dawn.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.”

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace.”

Those of us who love peace must organize as effectively as the war hawks. As they spread the propaganda of war, we must spread the propaganda of peace.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.”

From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.”

Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Without love, benevolence becomes egotism.”

Without love, benevolence becomes egotism.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind – it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact – I can only submit to the edict of others.”

So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind – it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact – I can only submit to the edict of others.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Seeing is not always believing.”

Seeing is not always believing.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “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.”

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.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


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

We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.”

A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.”

We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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