Wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King
As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from this hero of mine:
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
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, June 23, 1963.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.