Martin Luther King, Jr. short quotes

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

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

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ---->>>

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ---->>>

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ---->>>

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ---->>>

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. ---->>>

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ---->>>

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. ---->>>

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. ---->>>

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

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

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

The time is always right to do what is right.

The time is always right to do what is right.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. ---->>>

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ---->>>

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. ---->>>

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. ---->>>

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

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.

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

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

Seeing is not always believing. ---->>>

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

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

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

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. ---->>>

The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi. ---->>>

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

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. ---->>>

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. ---->>>

A lie cannot live. ---->>>

I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law. ---->>>

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.

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

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

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.

A riot is the language of the unheard. ---->>>

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

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.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

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. ---->>>

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

A right delayed is a right denied. ---->>>

Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world.

Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world.

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

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

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. ---->>>

We must use time creatively.

We must use time creatively.

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

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. ---->>>

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. ---->>>

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. ---->>>

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt. ---->>>

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. ---->>>

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. ---->>>

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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