Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr.


This way of settling differences is not just. This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love."

Martin Luther King Jr.


I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Find a voice in a whisper.

Martin Luther King Jr.


There can be no deep disappointment where there in not deep love.

Martin Luther King Jr.


In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both.

Martin Luther King Jr.


And one day we must ask the question, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?" And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Through violence you may murder the hater, but you cannot murder hate.

Martin Luther King Jr.


All labor has dignity.

Martin Luther King Jr.


The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from "Rediscovering Lost Values")

Martin Luther King Jr.


What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of tough-mindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hard-heartedness?

Martin Luther King Jr.


But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King Jr.


“He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.”

Martin Luther King Jr.