Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Worth Reading

January 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

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Last year, I compiled 15 quotes worth reading from Martin Luther King Jr.  That list is quoted below, or you can go to the original post to check that out.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

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Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

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To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

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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.

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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

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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.

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I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.

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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.

For something a little less “orthodox” for most of Christian thinking (I use the word “orthodox” meaning “accepted” here), you can check out my other post from today: MLK’s 6 reasons why non-violence is a good idea. His compelling list might just make you re-think some of your own thoughts on the issue.

“Were all in this TOGETHER.” -MLK.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day. I pray that God would give all of us dreams worth dying for.

Jonathan Sigmon

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