Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

White Americans must recognize that justice for black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society. The comfortable, entrenched, the privileged cannot continue to tremble at the prospect of change of the status quo… This is a multi-racial nation where all groups are dependent on each other… There is no […]

There must be a recognition of the sacredness of human personality. Deeply rooted in our political and religious heritage is the conviction that every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth.

The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

Some of you have knives, and I ask you to put them up. Some of you may have arms and I ask you to put them up. Get the weapon of non-violence, the breastplate of righteousness, the armor of truth, and just keep marching.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon… which cuts without wounding… It is a sword that heals.

I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.