Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Quotations

-I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

So let freedom ring 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 from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

-Unearned suffering is redemptive

-All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

-We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.

-We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

-I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

-An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

-Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

-Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

-The time is always right to do what is right.

-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.

-Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.We have guided missiles and misguided men.

-Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

-You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

-We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

-When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

-Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

-In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

-If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’

-We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

-The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

-All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

-Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

-Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr