Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotations

Martin Luther King, Jr.

A time comes when silence is betrayal.

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

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.

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.

Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It cause him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.

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

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

Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

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

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of justice

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

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

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

What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.