Facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. USA Flag

Summary

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous Clergyman from USA, who lived between January 15, 1929 and April 4, 1968. He became only 39 years old.

Biography

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize. He is considered one of the most important people in American history and in non-violent movement. King had great respect for his dedicated work, and he was referred to as "The black president." One and a half decades after the assassination of King, the third Monday in January declared a public holiday in the United States, Martin Luther King Day, the King's memory. In 1977 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac capricorn, who is known for Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful. Our collection contains 93 quotes who is written / told by Martin, under the main topics: Death, Equality, Faith, Science, Work.

Related authors: Sara Paretsky, Alveda King, Martin Luther, Jimmy Carter

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

Famous quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. (93)


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"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies"
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"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one"
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"One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam"
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"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live"
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"The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt"
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"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?""
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"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"
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"Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek"
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"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live"
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"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now"
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"We are not makers of history. We are made by history"
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"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing"
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"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"
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"I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land"
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"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools"
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"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character"
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"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict"
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"Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals"
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"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope"
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"The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice"
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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
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"I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law"
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"War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow"
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"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"
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"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative"
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"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better"
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"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality"
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"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people"
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"We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive"
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"We must use time creatively"
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"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing"
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"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth"
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"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love"
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"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people"
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"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"
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"The time is always right to do what is right"
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"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists"
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"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important"
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"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows"
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"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"
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"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will"
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"Seeing is not always believing"
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"Rarely do we find men who willingly 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"
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"Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man"
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"Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul"
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"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary"
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"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal"
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"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love"
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"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend"
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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
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"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"
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"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important"
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"It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it"
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"It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society"
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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
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"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
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"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control"
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"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"
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"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant"
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"I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good"
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"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted"
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"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals"
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"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people"
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"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it"
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"Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation"
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"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed"
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"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see"
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"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness"
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"Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them"
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that"
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"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent"
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"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better"
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"All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem"
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"A riot is the language of the unheard"
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"A right delayed is a right denied"
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"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom"
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"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan"
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"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent"
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"A lie cannot live"
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"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus"
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"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live"
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"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality"
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"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"
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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"
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"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control"
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"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men"
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"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence"
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"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men"
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"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood"
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"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness"


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