People: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 04, 1968) was an American clergyman, activity, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using non-violent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King has become a national icon in the history of modern American liberalism. (note: photo and information from Wikipedia)

“I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right, and that is good.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external, physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you also refuse to hate him.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”

“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this mas, what will happen to me?’; but the good samaritan reversed the question, ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to me?'”

“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.”

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

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