10 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes The Government Wants You To Forget


Every year, the United States celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citizens of the world should reflect on his teachings not only every third Monday in January, but also every other day of the year. The positive impact Dr. King made can still be felt throughout the entire world almost 49 years after that fateful day in Memphis, a day that saw a modern day prophet transform into a martyr for peace. His words are still quoted and his contributions still resonate, not just in one community but with all of humankind. While it is impossible to rank the words of an orator known for his wisdom and insight, here are a few quotes that should not only be read, but absorbed by all people around the world.

By:  S.m. Gibson

This article first appeared at ANTIMEDIA

  • “We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers .”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Eulogy for the Martyred Children – 1963)

  • “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (The Purpose of Education – 1947)

  • “The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam – 1967)

  • “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Strength to Love – 1963)

  • “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter From Birmingham City Jail – 1963)

  • “Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Stride Toward Freedom – 1958)

  • “Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Nobel Lecture, The Quest for Peace & Justice – 1964)

  • “Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (The Trumpet of Conscience – 1967)

  • “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (Nobel Lecture, The Quest for Peace & Justice – 1964)

  • “We must work passionately and unrelentingly for the goal of freedom, but we must be sure that our hands are clean in the struggle. We must never struggle with falsehood, hate, or malice. We must never become bitter.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. (Give Us The Ballot – 1957)

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