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Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Power is the ability to achieve purpose.”

Power is the ability to achieve purpose.

— Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.”

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection.”

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks.”

The road to freedom is a difficult, hard road. It always makes for temporary setbacks.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.”

An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “A true revolution of values will see that the western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

A true revolution of values will see that the western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Darkness cannot be overcome with more darkness, only with light. Violence cannot be overcome with more violence, only with peace.”

Darkness cannot be overcome with more darkness, only with light. Violence cannot be overcome with more violence, only with peace.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Mass civil disobedience can use rage as a constructive and creative force.”

Mass civil disobedience can use rage as a constructive and creative force.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.”

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “What I’m saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis.”

What I’m saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.”

Many white Americans of good will have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.”

Set yourself earnestly to discover what you are made to do, and then give yourself passionately to the doing of it.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.”

If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If you have not discovered something you are willing to die for, then you are not fit to live.”

If you have not discovered something you are willing to die for, then you are not fit to live.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Even if they try to kill you, you develop the inner conviction that there are some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they are worth dying for. And if a person has not found something to die for, that person isn’t fit to live!”

Even if they try to kill you, you develop the inner conviction that there are some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they are worth dying for. And if a person has not found something to die for, that person isn’t fit to live!

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer.”

There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened.”

If I wish to compose or write or pray or preach well, I must be angry. Then all the blood in my veins is stirred, and my understanding is sharpened.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must substitute courage for caution.”

We must substitute courage for caution.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.”

We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad.”

We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.”

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Why is the church always a taillight rather than a headlight?”

Why is the church always a taillight rather than a headlight?

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.”

We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Racial segregation must be seen for what it is, and that is an evil system, a new form of slavery covered up with certain niceties of complexity.”

Racial segregation must be seen for what it is, and that is an evil system, a new form of slavery covered up with certain niceties of complexity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Alienation is a form of living death. It is the acid of despair that dissolves society.”

Alienation is a form of living death. It is the acid of despair that dissolves society.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism.”

I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come.”

Our eternal message of hope is that dawn will come.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.”

We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Find a voice in a whisper.”

Find a voice in a whisper.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.”

History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists.”

The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.”

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”

Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “By its very nature, hate destroys and tears down; by its very nature, love creates and builds up.”

By its very nature, hate destroys and tears down; by its very nature, love creates and builds up.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream.”

We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.”

Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.”

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world.”

Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “A Church that has lost its voice for justice is a Church that has lost its relevance in the world.”

A Church that has lost its voice for justice is a Church that has lost its relevance in the world.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.”

Our lives are not fully lived if we’re not willing to die for those we love, for what we believe.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we will not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.”

We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we will not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.”

Jesus Christ was an extremist for love, truth and goodness.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the struggle for equal rights.”

Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the struggle for equal rights.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”

The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Don’t let anybody take your manhood.”

Don’t let anybody take your manhood.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Love is the supreme unifying principle of life.”

Love is the supreme unifying principle of life.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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