Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
  • If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
  • Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.
  • The time is always right to do what is right.
  • But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.
  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
  • 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.
  • God is not merely interestd in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men.He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • I submit that 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.
  • Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
  • We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • We have flown the air like birds and swum the seas like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
  • I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say:”We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you…. But be assured that we’ll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
  • If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values — that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
  • Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
  • Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
  • Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
  • Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force… If we assume that life is worth living, if we assume that mankind has the right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war.
  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he would die for, he isn’t fit to live.
  • Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
  • True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.
  • The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
  • …And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.
  • I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
  • Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
  • Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
  • The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
  • All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
  • All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
  • When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

NC: Third-Graders Will Take 36 New Tests to Prepare for Fourth Grade

This is ridiculous and another reason I am thrilled we started homeschooling.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Last year, Louisiana led the nation in passing absurd laws about education.

This year, that dubious distinction goes to North Carolina. Hardly a day goes by without more evidence of misinformed, specious, nonsensical meddling by the Legislature.

The latest: the Legislature insists that all third graders learn to read, so they mandated 36 new mini-tests for the children.

Could someone explain to State Senate leader Phil Berger that testing is not teaching?

No Child Left Behind mandated that all children would be proficient by 2014. Hello, it’s 2014, and it didn’t happen. Maybe there is a lesson here, if anyone is listening. Mandating that all children must be proficient doesn’t make them proficient. Mandating that all third-graders must read doesn’t mean it will be so.

The time spent on testing is time that should be spent reading, writing, listening, and learning.

As the old chestnut goes, you don’t fatten a…

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