Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who led an inspiring life. He championed and campaigned for civil rights, desiring a world where a person is judged by the “content of their character and not the color of their skin.” Through his life, we saw a true pioneer of freedom. Ten Inspiring Quotes From Martin Luther King, Jr.
You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. There comes a time. – December 1955
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. – December 1955
If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: “He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.” We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us. We must make them know that we love them. Jesus still cries out in words that echo across the centuries: “Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; pray for them that despitefully use you.” This is what we must live by. We must meet hate with love. Remember, if I am stopped, this movement will not stop, because God is with the movement. Go home with this glowing faith and this radiant assurance. – January 1956
We believe firmly in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. I can see no conflict between our devotion to Jesus Christ and our present action. In fact, I can see a necessary relationship. If one is truly devoted to the religion of Jesus he will seek to rid the earth of social evils. The gospel is social as well as personal. – 1958
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated. – 1958
Today it is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or nonexistence. – March 1959
As a preacher… I must admit that I have gone through those moments when I was greatly disappointed with the church and what it has done in this period of social change. – December 1963
The time is always right to do what’s right. – October 1964
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – October 1967
Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus. – March 1968
I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. – March 1968
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