Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

** These are just a few I happen to have in that now-119-page [now 126-page] Word document of quotations I keep adding & adding to…

** On Martin Luther King Day 2014 (Jan. 20/14) I am adding links to 2 articles I saw today:

 

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” MLK

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (thanks to Stan from OVFC for this one – it’s also here on the ‘Ordinary People Change the World’ Web site). 

“The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” [found this one in the Tikkun Magazine Nov./Dec. 2010 James W. Douglass article “JFK, Obama, and the Unspeakable.” Holy smokes do I recommend that everyone read it!!]

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that….The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“The willingness to be responsible without complaining puts you into the natural flow of all divine energy. It keeps you from having to fight the world, allowing you to go with it. Everything that you complain about puts you in a position of figuratively having to take arms against it and fight. Everything that you need to fight weakens you, while that which you are for empowers you.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Change is never inevitable, change is always carried in on the shoulders of those who bring change with them.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“The saving of the world from impending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of the non-conforming minority.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King

“Everyone has the power of greatness; not for fame, but greatness. Because greatness is determined by service.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968

Note: Lots more absolutely awesome MLK quotes here

& some here, too.