Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968

A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on divinity, life, mercy, spirit, and weakness

The spirit of Lincoln still lives; that spirit born of the teachings of the Nazarene, who promised mercy to the merciful, who lifted the lowly, strengthened the weak, ate with publicans, and made the captives free. In the light of this divine example, the doctrines of demagogues shiver in their chaff.

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.

Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: The Measure of the Man, 1958.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on good, people, and understanding

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

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 day, life, and silence

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on character, colors, contentment, day, judgment, and people

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on character, children, colors, contentment, day, dreams, judgment, and nations

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

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 change, fear, ideas, pain, and security

The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on civilization, death, men, nations, and spirituality

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Strength to Love, 1963.

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on freedom, hope, justice, philosophy, and violence

It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on experience, facts, life, and religion

Even though I have never had an abrupt conversion experience, religion has been real to me and closely knitted to life. In fact the two cannot be separated; religion for me is life.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

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

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