Martin Luther King

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.  - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to be important - that's wonderful. If you want to be great - that's wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's your new definition of greatness - it means that everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know the second law of thermodynamics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love...  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we do not learn to live together as friends, we will die apart as fools. - Martin Luther King

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood 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

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship.  - Martin Luther King Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.  - 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.

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo 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 streetsweeper who did his job well. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verbs agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. - Martin Luther King, Jr., speech, Detroit, Michigan