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Martin Luther King, Jr., Quotes




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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in the United States. His words have influenced many other writers and activists. Here are a few of his famous words:

  • "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
  • "A riot is the language of the unheard."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Where do we go from here?"
  • "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."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
  • "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."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
  • "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 down together at the table of brotherhood."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"
  • "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."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"
  • "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for the law."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
  • "If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
  • "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."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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