Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

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.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

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.

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

A lie cannot live.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

A right delayed is a right denied.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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