I have a dream, that one day on the red hills of Georgia…
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. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.
If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation.
In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude. That which I was not but could have been. That which I would have done but did not do. Can I find the fortitude to remember in truth, to understand, to submit, to forgive and to be free to move on in time?
It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence.
It is hardly a moral act to encourage others patiently to accept injustice which he himself does not endure.
It is a cruel injustice to tell a bootless man to pull himself up by his bootstraps.
Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.
Like a boil that must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed to the light of human conscience before it can be cured.
Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice, or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?
To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering in the heat of injustice and oppression, will one day be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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.
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.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.