Martin Luther King, Jr.

195Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

American Leader born on January 15, 1929, died on April 04, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr., was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs... (source)

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. view quote

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. view quote

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

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. view quote

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

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. view 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. view quote

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. view quote

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. view quote

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

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