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Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Without God, all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrise into the darkest of nights.”

Without God, all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrise into the darkest of nights.

— Martin Luther King Jr.



Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts: Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.”

This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope. The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the wall in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts: Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We should never forget that everything Adolph Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighers did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”

We should never forget that everything Adolph Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighers did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We were not unmindful of the difficulties involved. So we decided to go through a process of self-purification.”

We were not unmindful of the difficulties involved. So we decided to go through a process of self-purification.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are.”

My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man’s capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race.”

As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man’s capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.”

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

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “America must begin the struggle for democracy at home. The advocacy of free elections in Europe by American officials is hypocrisy when free elections are not held in great sections of America.”

America must begin the struggle for democracy at home. The advocacy of free elections in Europe by American officials is hypocrisy when free elections are not held in great sections of America.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Whatever my doubts, however heavy the burden, I feel that I must accept the task of helping to make this nation and this world a better place to live in – for all men, black and white alike.”

Whatever my doubts, however heavy the burden, I feel that I must accept the task of helping to make this nation and this world a better place to live in – for all men, black and white alike.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The Darwinian concept of the survival of the fittest has been substituted by a philosophy of the survival of the slickest.”

The Darwinian concept of the survival of the fittest has been substituted by a philosophy of the survival of the slickest.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.”

I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived.”

Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay.”

A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.”

Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “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.”

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.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Any nation or government that deprives an individual of freedom is in that moment committing an act of moral and spiritual murder. Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide.”

Any nation or government that deprives an individual of freedom is in that moment committing an act of moral and spiritual murder. Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means.”

We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “You’re as good as anybody.”

You’re as good as anybody.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “You only need a heart full of grace.”

You only need a heart full of grace.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience.”

We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Nonviolence is the most potent technique for oppressed people. Unearned suffering is redemptive.”

Nonviolence is the most potent technique for oppressed people. Unearned suffering is redemptive.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The movement for equality and justice can only be a success if it has both a mass and militant character; the barriers to be overcome require both.”

The movement for equality and justice can only be a success if it has both a mass and militant character; the barriers to be overcome require both.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Your self-image should not come from the job you do but from how well you do your job.”

Your self-image should not come from the job you do but from how well you do your job.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.”

We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.”

Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Let us say boldly, that if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.”

Let us say boldly, that if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Your truth will increase as you know listen to the truth of others.”

Your truth will increase as you know listen to the truth of others.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.”

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.”

Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.”

The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.”

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.”

The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get written because someone knocked on the door.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “If your opponent has a conscience, then follow Gandhi and nonviolence. But if your enemy has no conscience like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer.”

If your opponent has a conscience, then follow Gandhi and nonviolence. But if your enemy has no conscience like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.”

Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.”

Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.”

The bombs in Vietnam explode at home; they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.”

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the principles which Jesus illustrated in life – trust, love, mercy, and altruism – then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here.”

When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the principles which Jesus illustrated in life – trust, love, mercy, and altruism – then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression.”

You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “We can either walk the highroad of brotherhood or the low road of man’s inhumanity to man.”

We can either walk the highroad of brotherhood or the low road of man’s inhumanity to man.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self-respect.”

I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self-respect.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society.”

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.”

Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.”

Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering in the heat of injustice and oppression, will one day be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering in the heat of injustice and oppression, will one day be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

— Martin Luther King Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: “When I am angry I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.”

When I am angry I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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