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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotations


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. (15 January 1929 - 4 April 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister, King led the 1955 Montgomery (AL) Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. King was assassinated on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, TN.

Enjoy these words of wisdom from MLK:
  • True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. - 1955
  • Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated. - 1958
  • 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. - 1962
  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - 1963
  • We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. - 1963
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - 1963
  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. - 1963
  • When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." - 1963
  • Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - 1964
  • There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, "Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark," but will curse and damn you when you say, "Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children." There is something wrong with that press. - 1967
  • 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. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. - 1967
  • 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. - n.d. (Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing)
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