Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

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.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.