No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.
Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
Don't let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world.
Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.
We can dream of an America, and a world, in which love and not money are civilization's bottom line.
We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience... But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.
Was not Jesus an extremist in love? - "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you."
This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great "world house' in which we have to live together" black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu" a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers and sisters.
If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.
It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many
May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership... Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
School takes 13 years, because that is how long it takes to break a child's spirit.
I have a dream, that one day on the red hills of Georgia...
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city.
When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty & shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up & express their anger & frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.
We live in a world of guided missiles and misguided men.
The greatness of our God lies in the fact that [He] is both tough minded and tender hearted.