WISDOM frOm » MArTin LuTHer KInG, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Forgiveness, Love, Hate

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love, Great, Hate

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Challenge, Times, Moments

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith, Whole, Step

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.
Equality, Character, Children

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ignorance, Stupidity, Dangerous

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love, Good, Power

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
End, Become, Matter

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
End, Silence, Words

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith, Whole, Step

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Education, Character, True

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Change, Work, Freedom

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Money, Spiritual, After

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Science, Men, Power

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Humanity, Living, Until

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Evil, Against, Involved

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Death, Die, Won

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leadership, Leader, Genuine

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Light, Creative, Darkness

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hope, Lose, Accept

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Struggle, Justice, Human

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Good, History, Bad

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learning, Together, Learn

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character, Color, Content

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Race, Unity, Love

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