Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on conscience, politic, popular, and safe

Cowardice askes the question:"Is it safe"? Expediency asks the question:"Is it politic"? Vanity asks the question:"Is it popular?"But conscience asks the question:"Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one what is right.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on life, mankind, prejudice, one-ness, and relationship

"If we do not learn to live together as friends, we will die apart as fools."

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Praveer

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on love

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Another way that you love your enemy is this:
When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it.
There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person.
It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person
to make some move in life. That's the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis,
love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It's not merely an emotional something.
Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Praveer

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on law, love, justice, reform, and change

One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: "A Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Contributed by: Alina

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on war, differences, justice, military, defense, uplift, and spiritual death

A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. 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 (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on revolution, values, poverty, wealth, capitalists, profits, justice, and third world

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just."

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on violence, oppression, ghettos, government, and oppressed

I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on heart, conscience, humanity, non-violence, and generosity

The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It destroys communities and makes humanity impossible. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers... In winning our freedom, we will so appeal to you heart and conscience that we will win you in the process.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Barry

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on life, death, and freedom

Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I'm Free At Last.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Epitaph

Contributed by: James

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on life, challenge, and character

"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"

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Contributed by: Learning to Live

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