People - Martin Luther King Jr. - Quotations
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an passionate advocate for critical thinking, education (that also challenges its students), and justice, and these ideals were often reflected in many of his quotations, the most important of which are:
- "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- "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."
- "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
- "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
- "A right delayed is a right denied."
- "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
- "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character: that is the goal of true education."
- "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- "We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension; we merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive."
- "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."