Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

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

Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on history, independence, and words

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: On blacks in America; address at Birmingham AL, news summaries, December 31, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on christianity, jesus, love, and people

We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flaunt the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule.

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 challenge and controversy

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)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on church, conscience, and guidance

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength to Love, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on body, christ, church, and fear

Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.

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, individuality, injustice, laws, reality, and respect

I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on certainty, christianity, disobedience, hunger, injustice, kindness, laws, and pain

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire.

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 death and discovery

If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Speech, Detroit, 23 Jun 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on god

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We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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