"It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Martin Luther King, Jr. on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."