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Quotations By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is to great a burden to bear.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to e starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
When we allow freedom to 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! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but it comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for out freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore him at our own risk.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority had made the world better.
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.
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. The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hare, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.