75+ Martin Luther King Jr. Day Quotes and Sayings (Pictures)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day , You must be the change you wish

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Ghandi


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , You are quite right in calling for negotiation
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You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.to the eight fellow clergymen who opposed the civil rights action, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Without denying the value of scientific endeavor, there is a striking

Without denying the value of scientific endeavor, there is a striking absurdity in committing billions to reach the moon where no people live, while only a fraction of that amount is appropriated to service the densely populated slums. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , When Negroes looked for the second phase

When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared…. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must

When leaders act contrary to conscience, we must act contrary to leaders. ~ Veterans Fast for Life


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , What a person believes is not as important as how

What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes. ~ Timothy Virkkala


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic
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We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We were taking the black young men who had been crippled

We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We were all involved in the death of John Kennedy
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We were all involved in the death of John Kennedy. We tolerated hate; we tolerated the sick stimulation of violence in all walks of life; and we tolerated the differential application of law, which said that a man’s life was sacred only if we agreed with his views. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was
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We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty

We cannot, by total reliance on law, escape the duty to judge right and wrong…. There are good laws and there are occasionally bad laws, and it conforms to the highest traditions of a free society to offer resistance to bad laws, and to disobey them. ~ Alexander Bickel


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women

We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women…. When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a Frenchman. The towel is provided by a Turk. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs, we are beholden to more than half the world. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Unfortunately, most of the major denominations still practice segregation
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Unfortunately, most of the major denominations still practice segregation in local churches, hospitals, schools, and other church institutions. It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, the same hour when many are standing to sing: “In Christ There Is No East Nor West.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by

There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the destructive power of modern weapons eliminates even the possibility that war may serve as a negative good. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The sooner our society admits that the Negro Revolution is no momentary

The sooner our society admits that the Negro Revolution is no momentary outburst soon to subside into placid passivity, the easier the future will be for us all. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The poor in our countries have been shut out of our minds and driven from
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The poor in our countries have been shut out of our minds and driven from the mainstream of our societies, because we have allowed them to become invisible. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Nobel Prize lecture, 11 December 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate

The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued that self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Nobel Prize lecture, 11 December 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live

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. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The curse of poverty has no justification in our age
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The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , The conservatives who say,Let us not move so fast, and the extremists

The conservatives who say, “Let us not move so fast,” and the extremists who say, “Let us go out and whip the world,” would tell you that they are as far apart as the poles. But there is a striking parallel: They accomplish nothing; for they do not reach the people who have a crying need to be free. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern

Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , President Lyndon Johnson's high spirits were marked as he circulated

President Lyndon Johnson’s high spirits were marked as he circulated among the many guests whom he had invited to witness an event he confidently felt to be historic, the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act…. The bill that lay on the polished mahogany desk was born in violence in Selma, Alabama, where a stubborn sheriff… had stumbled against the future. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Perhaps only his sense of humor and irony can save him when he hears
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Perhaps only his sense of humor and irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation in the world speaking of his aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor weak nation more than eight thousand miles away from its shores. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.about Ho Chi Minh, Beyond Vietnam lecture, 4 April 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him

Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.March 22, 1956


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws
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One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Not only must we be good, but we must also be good

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Not only must we be good

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. ~ Henry David Thoreau


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Nonviolent resistance makes it possible for the Negro to remain in the South
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Nonviolent resistance makes it possible for the Negro to remain in the South and struggle for his rights. The Negro’s problem will not be solved by running away. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Never do anything against conscience even if the

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. ~ Albert Einstein


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , My life is my message

My life is my message. ~ Mahatma Ghandi


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Millions of citizens are deeply disturbed that the military-industrial complex
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Millions of citizens are deeply disturbed that the military-industrial complex too often shapes national policy, but they do not want to be considered unpatriotic. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Liberalism provided me with an intellectual satisfaction that I never found

Liberalism provided me with an intellectual satisfaction that I never found in fundamentalism. I became so enamored of the insights of liberalism that I almost fell into the trap of accepting uncritically everything it encompassed. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Let us say boldly, that if the total slum violations of law by the white man

Let us say boldly, that if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Leadership is action, not position

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Leadership is action, not position

Leadership is action, not position. ~ Donald H. McGannon


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can. ~ Sydney Smith


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home. ~ Carl T. Rowan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear

It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch-antirevolutionaries. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , In the final analysis the weakness of Black Power is its failure
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In the final analysis the weakness of Black Power is its failure to see that the black man needs the white man and the white man needs the black man. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If... the machine of government

If… the machine of government… is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~ Henry David ThoreauOn the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. ~ Betty Reese


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If you have time to whine and complain

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. ~ Anthony J. D’AngeloThe College Blue Book


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. ~ Bishop Desmond Tutu


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism

If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity. ~ Nelson DeMille


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy
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If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the hopes of men the world over. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Beyond Vietnam lecture, 4 April 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I would remind you that extremism in the defense

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. ~ Barry Goldwater


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I would be the last to condemn the thousands of sincere and dedicated

I would be the last to condemn the thousands of sincere and dedicated people outside the churches who have labored unselfishly through various humanitarian movements to cure the world of social evils, for I would rather a man be a committed humanist than an uncommitted Christian. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and is willing to accept the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end
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I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I cannot reach fulfillment withoutthou
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“I” cannot reach fulfillment without “thou.” The self cannot be self without other selves. Self-concern without other-concern is like a tributary that has no outward flow to the ocean. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~ George Bernard Shaw


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose
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I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Everybody can be great

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Everybody can be great
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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 your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality
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Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ~ Mother Teresa


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~ Norman B. Rice


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Dare to do things worthy of imprisonment if you mean

Dare to do things worthy of imprisonment if you mean to be of consequence. ~ Juvenal


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , But while so many white Americans are unaware of conditions inside the ghetto

But while so many white Americans are unaware of conditions inside the ghetto, there are very few ghetto dwellers who are unaware of the life outside. The television sets bombard them day by day with the opulence of the larger society. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , But alas! Science cannot now rescue us, for even the scientist is lost in the
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But alas! Science cannot now rescue us, for even the scientist is lost in the terrible midnight of our age. Indeed, science gave us the very instruments that threaten to bring universal suicide. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Black Power is a nihilistic philosophy born out of the conviction that the

Black Power is a nihilistic philosophy born out of the conviction that the Negro can’t win… the view that American society is so hopelessly corrupt and enmeshed in evil that there is no possibility of salvation from within. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , Black Power alone is no more insurance against social injustice
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Black Power alone is no more insurance against social injustice than white power. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across

As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man’s capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.about the March on Washington in the summer of 1963, Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , As a teenager I had never been able to accept the fact of having

As a teenager I had never been able to accept the fact of having to go to the back of a bus or sit in the segregated section of a train. The first time I had been seated behind a curtain in a dining car, I felt as if the curtain had been dropped on my selfhood. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , And we who have toiled for freedom's law, have we sought for

And we who have toiled for freedom’s law, have we sought for freedom’s soul?
Have we learned at last that human right is not a part but the whole? ~ John Boyle O’Reilly


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A world war</strong> - <em>God forbid!</strong> - <em>will leave only smoldering ashes as a mute

A world war – God forbid! – will leave only smoldering ashes as a mute testimony of a human race whose folly led inexorably to untimely death. Yet there are those who sincerely feel that disarmament is an evil and international negotiation is an abominable waste of time. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Strength to Love, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations

A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~ Author Unknown


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A second basic fact that characterizes nonviolence is that it does not seek

A second basic fact that characterizes nonviolence is that it does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding. ~ Martin Luther King. Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being

A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up the state’s segregation laws was democratically elected? ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains

A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of a forest. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high. ~ Fiona MacLeod


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only

A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle

A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle. ~ Author Unknown


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , [W]hen you first name becomes niggeryour middle name becomes

Martin Luther King Jr. Day , [W]hen you first name becomes nigger, your middle name

[W]hen you first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro… when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness” – then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.“Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Why We Can’t Wait, 1963


Martin Luther King Jr. Day , [I]t must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for

[I]t must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958

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