Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on belief, christianity, church, commitment, conviction, evil, god, heaven, ideas, peace, popularity, power, principles, society, suffering, and time

There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators." But they went on with the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on goals and peace

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on conflict and hell

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength to Love

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on planning and revolution

In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on mankind, needs, nonviolence, oppression, politics, questions, time, and violence

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: 11-Dec-64

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on laws and love

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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 (1929 - 1968)

Source: Wall Street Journal, (New York), 13 November 1962.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on america, birth, brothers, christ, daughters, freedom, heart, hope, inspiration, loyalty, sons, spirit, and work

America experiences a new birth of freedom in her sons and daughters; she incarnates the spirit of her martyred chief. Their loyalty is repledged; their devotion renewed to the work He left unfinished. My heart throbs anew in the hope that inspired by the example of Lincoln, imbued with the spirit of Christ, they will cast down the last barrier to perfect freedom. And I with my brother of blackest hue possessing at last my rightful heritage and holding my head erect, may stand beside the Saxon - a Negro - and yet a man!

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: The Negro and the Constitution (in The Cornellian, May 1944)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on history

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We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength to Love, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on glory and happiness

So 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!

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Address in Memphis the night before his assassination, 3 April 1968.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on justice and universe

The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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