Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

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

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on body, christ, conscience, crime, enemies, environment, extremism, god, goodness, injustice, jesus, justice, kindness, love, men, nations, questions, slavery, survival, and truth

Was not Jesus an extremist for love - "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice - "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ - "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist - "Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God." Was not John Bunyan an extremist - "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist - "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice - or will we be extremists for the cause of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill, three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime -the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

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 blindness and laws

The old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on labor and vitality

Our forebears labored without wages. They made cotton "king." And yet out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to thrive and develop.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter, April 1963, from Birmingham Jail, AL.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on catholicism, children, day, god, and men

We will speed the day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing . . . "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last."

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Address at Lincoln Memorial during March on Washington, 28 Aug 63.

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

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

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 fulfillment, heart, language, life, meaning, and words

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on day, dreams, glory, and mountains

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Speech, June 15, 1963, at civil rights demonstration, Washington, D.C.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on family, god, love, relationships, and present

It is quite easy for me to think of a God of love mainly because I grew up in a family where love was central and where lovely relationships were ever present.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: An Autobiography of Religious Development (Nov. 1950 essay)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on courage and fear

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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