Quotations From MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.


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  • I have a dream that my four little 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.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Speech, June 15, 1963, at civil rights demonstration, Washington, D.C..

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  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Wall Street Journal (New York, November 13, 1962).

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  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, African-American civil rights leader. Strength to Love, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1963).

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  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Strength to Love, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1963).

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  • 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.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Strength to Love, ch. 7 (1963).

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  • No, no, we are not satisifed, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. speech, Aug. 28, 1963, Washington, DC.

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  • 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 the table of brotherhood.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. speech, Aug. 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.....

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  • I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).

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  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).

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  • One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).

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