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Top 20 quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from 1960 until his death Martin Luther acted as co-pastor. Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro institution of Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated. After three years of theological study at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class, he was awarded the B.D. in 1951. With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955. In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, a young woman of uncommon intellectual and artistic attainments. Two sons and two daughters were born into the family.

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank. Here below some of the quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.

Without God all of our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrise into the darkest of nights.

To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act it is a constant attitude.

Difficult and painful as it is we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.

Another reason why we must love our enemies is that hate scars the soul and distorts the personality.

Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.

What you get with violence can be maintained only with violence

Violence multiplies violence.

It's not the violence of the few that scares me it's the silence of the many

The United States is the largest exporter of violence in the world

In the final analysis the weakness of Black Power is its failure to see that the black man needs the white man and the white man needs the black man.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

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

The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice.

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.

We must shift the arms race into a 'peace race'.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision but we must speak.

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.