Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

The time is always right to do what is right. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others? We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. 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. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. 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. A lie cannot live. The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right. Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. A riot is the language of the unheard.

Martin Luther King Jr

1929 - 1968