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Martin Luther King Quotes about Character

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.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The time is always right to do what is right.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.

Character is not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

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

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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

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

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

The time is always right to do what is right.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

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.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

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

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

The time is always right to do what is right.

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

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.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

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

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

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.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

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.’

The time is always right to do what is right.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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

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

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

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

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.

We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

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

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