Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
The time is always right to do what's right.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays from it, the goal of America is freedom.
I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. It is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. It is just as wrong to use moral means to preserve immoral ends.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
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.