A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, atough mind and a tender heart.
The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.
To be a Negro in America is to hope against hope.
Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.
Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.
Riots are the voices of the unheard.
I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
A right delayed is a right denied.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
We must use time creatively.
The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government.
The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.