Caution is the eldest child of wisdom
We still have a choice today: nonviolence coesistence or violent coannihilation.
Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
I decide on the basis of conscience. A genuine leader doesn't reflect consensus, he molds consensus.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job we
We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.
The existence of poverty in the US should not be accepted as a necessary evil or insoluble problem, but should be considered a crisis requiring emergency measures. It is a matter of will and priorities, not a matter of resources.
Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.
I plan to stand by nonviolence, because I have found it to be a philosophy of life that regulates not only my dealings in the struggle for racial justice, but also my dealings with people, and with my own self.
I'm very glad Christ tells us to love our neighbor and not to like our neighbor because it's hard to like someone threatening your children and throwing fire bombs through your window, but He asks us to love them and that I can do
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was â€œlegalâ€ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was â€œillegal.â€ It was â€œillegalâ€ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitlerâ€™s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would ha
We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God's children. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live.
This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great â€˜world houseâ€™ in which we have to live togetherâ€“ black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hinduâ€“ a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest,
I also came to see that liberalism's superficial optimism concerning human nature caused it to overlook the fact that reason is darkened by sin. The more I thought about human nature the more I saw how our tragic inclination for sin causes us to use our minds to rationalize our actions. Liberalism f
There is something wrong with our world, something fundamentally and basically wrong.
I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.
Christ furnished the spirit and motivation while Gandhi furnished the method.
We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
The unemployed, poverty-stricken white man must be made to realize that he is in the very same boat with the Negro. Together, they could exert massive pressure on the government to get jobs for all. Together, they could form a grand alliance. Together, they could merge all people for the good of all
[Nonviolence] is directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who happen to be doing the evil. It is evil that the nonviolent resister seeks to defeat, not the persons victimized by evil.