Martin Luther King Jr.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. — quotes and aphorisms
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.
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.