110 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes MLK

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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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There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

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Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.

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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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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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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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There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.

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

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

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

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If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

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Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.

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What is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy.

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The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.

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Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.

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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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We can’t answer King’s assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.