Martin Luther King Jr.

(Martin Luther King)

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Born: January 15, 1929
  • Died: April 4, 1968
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman, Activist

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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.

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George Samuel Schuyler Dr. King's principal contribution to world peace has been to roam the country like some sable Typhoid Mary, infecting the mentally disturbed with perversions of Christian doctrine, and grabbing fat lecture fees from the shallow-pated.
Andrew Young The heaviest burden of leadership is the death of your followers.
Michael J. Quill We may very well be making history here ... in the presence of the man who is entrusted with the banner of American liberty that was taken from Lincoln when he was shot 95 years ago … Dr. King was almost stabbed to death, has been shot at, has been arrested more often than anybody in the United States, south and north … Dr. King’s life at this moment is in just as great danger as was Lincoln’s. And he has to walk with care if he is to continue to lead this crusade
Pat Buchanan ... immoral, evil and a demagogue.
J. Edgar Hoover ... a tom cat with obsessive degenerate sexual urges.
J. Edgar Hoover ... the most notorious liar in the country.
Jesse Jackson The opposite of segregation is not integration. Martin Luther King didn't dream about a completely integrated world. He knew this was a pluralistic society and that ethnics tend to keep an identity. It's not a contradiction.
Thurgood Marshall ... a boy on a man's errand.
J. Edgar Hoover …burrhead
William C. Sullivan We gathered for the purpose of neutralizing King as an effective Negro leader.
William C. Sullivan We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future of this nation …
Mother Pollard My feets is weary, but my soul is rested.
Anonymous They killed the dreamer!
Mahalia Jackson Tell them about the dream, Martin—the dream.
Tavis Smiley Martin Luther King told American Blacks not to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
J. Edgar Hoover I am amazed that the Pope gave an audience to such a degenerate. [Martin Luther King Jr.]
J. Edgar Hoover I consider [Martin Luther] King to be the most notorious liar in the country—one of the lowest characters in the country and controlled by the communists.
Eugene Patterson We’re not a peephole journal. What you are doing is the story … the Federal police force of the United States doing this to an individualized citizen.
J. Edgar Hoover Neither King nor anyone else is to be furnished protection.
Hartman Turnbow This non-violent stuff ain’t no good. It’ll get you killed.
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...Jesus told us this a long time ago, and I can still hear that voice crying through the vista of time, saying, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." And there is still a voice saying to every potential Peter, "Put up your sword." History is replete with the bleached bones of nations, history is cluttered with the wreckage of communities that failed to follow this command. War & Peace
[T]he agents are white Southerners who have been influenced by the mores of the community. To maintain their status, they have to be friendly with the local police and people who have been promoting segregation. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
[The President should] get a voting bill [from Congress] that will end the necessity for any more voting rights bills. Voters, Voting & Elections
A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. Justice & Injustice
A real leader does not rely on consensus. He builds consensus. Leaders & Leadership
A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
A riot is the language of the unheard. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. Policy & Policy Making
All too many white Americans are horrified not with conditions of Negro life, but with the product of these conditions, the Negro himself. Minorities & Women
America must be a nation in which its multiracial people are partners in power. Power
As a Christian, I could never accept Communism. It is a crippling totalitarian disease. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. Ethnic Groups
Can you believe it. That white man hit it out of the park. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Communism will never be defeated by atomic bombs or nuclear weapons.... Our greatest defense against Communism is to take offensive action in behalf of justice and righteousness.... We must ... seek to remove ... conditions of poverty, insecurity, injustice, and racial discrimination. Defense & National Security
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. Truth ;Society ;Discrimination & Prejudice
Everyone here wants to drag me into your particular projects. I’ve always supported what you wanted to do, even when I disagreed. You wanted to go raise hell—but they were going to blame me. You have all these brilliant ideas. But I’m the one that’s going to get killed. Leaders & Leadership
Everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal,” and everything the Hungarian Freedom Fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
For years now I have heard the word “Wait”. It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never”. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Freedom has always been an expensive thing. Freedom & Liberty
Getting people to vote is the only way to break this tragic coalition in Congress. Voters, Voting & Elections
He was murdered by every member of the gospel who has remained silent about racial discrimination—who has hidden behind the stained glass windows of his church.. He was murdered by every Negro who accepted segregation. Minorities & Women
He was murdered by every white minister of the gospel who remained silent behind the safe security of his stained glass window. He was murdered by the irresponsibility of every politician from governor on down who had fed his constituents the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. He was murdered by the timidity of the Federal government that is willing to spend millions of dollars a day to defend freedom in Vietnam, but cannot protect the rights of its citizens at home…. He was murdered by the cowardice of every Negro who passively accepts the evils of segregation and stands on the sidelines in the struggle for justice. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
He was really great!!! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How many of you are willing to go to jail for freedom? Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I am convinced that if something isn’t done to give the Negroes a new sense of hope and a sense of protection, there is a danger that we will face the danger that will lead to the worst race rioting we’ve ever seen in this country. I think it’s just at that point. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I am not satisfied as long as the Negro sees life as a long and empty corridor with a "No Exit" sign at the end. The cup of endurance has run over. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I cannot sit by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Leaders & Leadership
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate. Discrimination & Prejudice
I have to tell you, in my judgment, some of us sitting here today will not come back alive from this campaign. I want you to think about it. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I must admit that this is a deliberate attempt to dramatize conditions in this city and state. We’re going to turn Selma upside down and inside out in order to make it right side up. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I’ve never been involved in a Civil Rights campaign that was not ill-timed Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If you athletes boycott the Olympics, it will be like a rock dropping in the water. The ripples and waves will be felt all over. You can be that rock. No one will die and that is the way to fight. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
In any social revolution the one thing that keeps it alive is hope. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It doesn’t matter what happens to me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life…. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will…. I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. His truth is marching on. Leaders & Leadership
It is more honorable to walk in dignity than to ride in humiliation. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
It would be encouraging to us if Mr. Hoover and the FBI would be as diligent in apprehending those responsible for bombing churches and killing little children as they are in seeking out alleged Communist infiltration of the civil rights movement Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It’s a cruel jest to ask a bootless man to lift himself up by his own bootstraps. Poverty
Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Let me say … how deeply grateful all people of good will are to you for your assiduous labor and dauntless courage in seeking to make the Civil Rights Bill a reality. Legislating & Legislative Process
More and more, the Negro vote is becoming the decisive power in National politics. The Negro vote is the balance of power in so many important big states that one almost has to have the Negro vote to win a Presidential election. Voters, Voting & Elections
No lie can live forever. Propaganda & Disinformation
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon . . . which cuts without wounding . . . It is a sword that heals. Miscellaneous
Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great. Because greatness is a matter of service. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love Justice & Injustice
Pray that we can come out alive. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
President Kennedy has done some significant things. At the same time I must say that President Kennedy hasn’t not done enough and we must remind him that we elected him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Progress does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.” Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Something is stirring in the hearts and minds of the people. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
That white man not only stood up at the plate but knocked the ball over the fence. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The church ... is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. Religion & God
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. Poverty
The emergency we now face is economic. New laws are not enough. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The end that we seek is a society at peace with itself. Miscellaneous
The Girl Scouts are a force for desegregation. Discrimination & Prejudice
The law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The means you use must be as pure as the ends you seek. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Justice & Injustice
The non-violent way does not bring about miracles. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The only way for a man to get ahead is to run faster than the fellow in front of him. Discrimination & Prejudice
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. Policy & Policy Making
There are things I wanted to say renouncing communism in theory but they (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee—another Civil Rights organization) would not go along. We wanted to say that it was an alien philosophy contrary to us, but they wouldn’t go along. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
There never was a moment of American history more honorable or more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. Citizenship & Patriotism
These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This is Selma, Alabama where there are more Negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls. Voters, Voting & Elections
To attempt to explain a system like segregation to a 6 year child is a very difficult thing. Discrimination & Prejudice
Unearned suffering is redemptive. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Urban riots must now be recognized as a durable social phenomenon. They are a special form of violence ... mainly intended to shock the white community. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We are at the point where we can mobilize all of this righteous indignation into a powerful mass movement. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are on the threshold of a significant breakthrough, and the greatest weapon is the mass demonstration. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust. Justice & Injustice
We are tired of a welfare system which dehumanizes us and dispenses payments under procedures that are often ugly and paternalistic. Welfare
We are tired of being lynched physically in Mississippi, and we are tired of being lynched spiritually and economically in the North. Discrimination & Prejudice
We may have come to America in different ships or canoes, but we're all in the same boat now. Immigration & Emigration
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Miscellaneous
We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but the means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. War & Peace
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We will have demonstrations until the injustices that have caused them are eliminated. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews. Discrimination & Prejudice
When the guns of war become a national obsession, social needs inevitably suffer. Defense & National Security
You are becoming a left wing McCarthyite …. The FBI has better things to do than to listen to our conversations. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Leaders & Leadership
A lie cannot live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. Death
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. Money, Coins & Minting
A right delayed is a right denied.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
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.
Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial. Religion & God
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.
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. Freedom & Liberty ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible fro 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards. We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.
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. Religion & God
Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Religion & God
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Freedom & Liberty
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
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. History
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.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
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. Power
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. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. Religion & God
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;War & Peace
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. Respect ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. Death
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.
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. Death
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. Society
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;War & Peace
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Life
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. History
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam. Society ;War & Peace
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. Freedom & Liberty
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Power ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. War & Peace
Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. Sympathy
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man. Life ;Respect
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.
Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Seeing is not always believing.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.
That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. Time
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?' Motivation
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. Hope ;War & Peace
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important. Life
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.
The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Freedom & Liberty
The time is always right to do what is right. Time
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.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. Life ;Time
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth. Life
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. War & Peace
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow. War & Peace
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. War & Peace
We are not makers of history. We are made by history. History
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Hope
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace. War & Peace
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We must use time creatively. Time
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.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
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. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.