Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. . . . which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
That old law about an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he would die for, he isn't fit to live.
Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
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.
Life's most urgent question is what are you doing for others
We must use time creatively -- and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things.
I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.
There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society. . .
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.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
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.
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring . . . . Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill. . .
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values -- that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.