Selected quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr.
His Address at "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" (Aug 1963)
"Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!"
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every tenement 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, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
Other selected quotes
That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
PURE MEANS FOR PURE ENDS
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
WALK IN LIVING FAITH AND INFINITE HOPE
Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
WAR AND PEACE
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
SPIRIT CONTROL OF SCIENTISTS AND ALL
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
ONGOING PEACE PROCESS
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
LOVE ALL, EVEN YOUR ENEMIES
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
LOVE & LIGHT
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
BROTHERHOOD OF ALL MANKIND
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
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 together at the table of brotherhood.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
REVELATION OF GOD IN JESUS
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
Compiled by Teacher-Brother Dave, on 1/16/2012 E-mail Dave@PureChristians.org