Martin Luther King Jr.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.
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.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. — quotes and aphorisms
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.
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.
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.