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 :: 1929-1968, American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

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In this Revolution no plans have been written for retreat.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Justice]

 

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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. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: ''We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer.''
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Nonviolence]

 

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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.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Service]

 

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Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Humankind]

 

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Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Morality]

 

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No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Dissatisfaction]

 

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Ignorance]

 

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Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: -- we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Dreams]

 

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Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Joy]

 

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One who breaks an unjust 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 law.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Protest]

 

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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Peace]

 

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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.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Sympathy]

 

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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.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Property]

 

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Riots are the voices of the unheard.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill-will.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Understanding]

 

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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.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. - [Revenge]

 

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