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.
There are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws… What is the difference
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
It is hardly a moral act to encourage others patiently to accept injustice which he himself does not endure.
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.
Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.
It is a cruel injustice to tell a bootless man to pull himself up by his bootstraps.
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.
To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
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?
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.
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.
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.
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.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.