Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on organize, power, and strength

Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on humanity, individuality, and life

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.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on brothers, death, sister, and spirit

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.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: On learning of threats on his life, St Augustine FL, 5 June 1964.

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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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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on children, christianity, constitution, day, democracy, dreams, fatherhood, god, independence, nations, reality, and sacred

One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and thusly, carrying our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

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 eternity, god, harmony, injustice, justice, laws, and saints

A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.

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 absence, action, agreement, belief, citizenship, direction, freedom, goals, justice, life, order, peace, seasons, and time

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season."

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 men, people, solution, and thinking

Rarely do we find men who willingly to 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.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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