Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on acceptance, community, conscience, individuality, injustice, laws, order, reality, and respect

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 the law.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Why We Can't Wait, 1964.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on failure, justice, laws, order, progress, and purpose

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.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in Why We Can't Wait, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on acceptance, community, conscience, injustice, laws, order, reality, and respect

One who breaks an unjust 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.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: 1963, Letter from Birmingham Jail

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

From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring . . . . Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill. . . .

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Address at Lincoln Memorial during March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on brothers and learning

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on cosmology, eternity, generations, life, love, power, and world

The great event on Calvary . . . is an eternal reminder to a power drunk generation that love is the most durable power in the world, and that it is at bottom the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. Only through achieving this love can you expect to matriculate into the university of eternal life.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 4 November 1956.

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

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on danger, ignorance, sincerity, stupidity, and world

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength to Love, 1963

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on acceptance, disappointment, and hope

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on christ, cities, freedom, home, injustice, jesus, justice, prophets, and world

I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the eighth century prophets left their little villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns; and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Graeco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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