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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Most of these Martin Luther King Jr quotes come from his book called "Strength to Love." 

"We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Nothing pains some people more than having to think."- Martin Luther King Jr

"Few people have the toughness of mind to judge critically and to discern the true from the false, the fact from the fiction." - Martin Luther King Jr

"One of the great needs of mankind is to be lifted above the morass of false propaganda." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Toughmindedness without tenderheartedness is cold and detached, leaving one's life in a perpetual winter devoid of the warmth of spring and the gentle heat of summer."- Martin Luther King Jr

"The hardhearted person never truly loves. He engages in a crass utilitarianism which values other people mainly according to their usefulness to him." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Violence brings only temporary victories; violence, by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, and bug us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the  modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Jesus Christ, the world's most dedicated nonconformist, whose ethical nonconformity still challenges the conscience of mankind." - Martin Luther King Jr

"We are  not makers of history; we are made by history." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion." - Martin Luther King Jr

"The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Forgiveness is not a matter of quantity, but of quality. A man cannot forgive up to four hundred and ninety times without forgiveness becoming a part of the habit structure of his being. Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Capital punishment is society's final assertion that it will not forgive." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Only goodness can drive out evil and only love can conquer hate." - Martin Luther King Jr

"One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong." - Martin Luther King Jr

"He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love." - Martin Luther King Jr

"It is also necessary to realize that the forgiving act must always be initiated by the person who has been wronged, the victim of some great hurt, the recipient of some torturous injustice, the absorber of some terrible act of oppression." - Martin Luther King Jr

"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. It is the lifting of a burden or the cancelling of a debt." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Forgiveness means reconciliation, a coming together again." - Martin Luther King Jr

"There is some good in the words of us and some evil in the best of us." - Martin Luther King Jr

"We must in strength and humility meet hate with love." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Love is the most durable power in the world." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Our capacity to deal creatively with shattered dreams is ultimately determined by our faith in God." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." - Martin Luther King Jr

"Religion endows us with the conviction that we are not alone in this vast, uncertain universe." - Martin Luther King Jr

"If we assume that mankind has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war and destruction. In our day of space vehicles and guided ballistic missiles, the choice is either nonviolence or nonexistence." - Martin Luther King Jr