Born: January 15, 1929
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Died: April 4, 1968
Occupation: Activist and Clergyman
Profile: Pacifist African American civil rights leader. Awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Peace.
Number of Quotes: 11
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
I have a dream ...
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.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Make sure you playTake My Hand, Precious Lord.Play it real pretty.
Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
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.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... 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.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.