"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thomas Jefferson
"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one."
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."