When a police dog buried his fangs in the ankle of a small child in Birmingham, he buried his fangs in the ankle of every American. The bell of man's inhumanity to man does not toll for any one man. It tolls for you, for me, for all of us.
Martin Luther King
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.
Whatever measure of influence I had as a result of the importance which the world attaches to the Nobel Peace Prize would have to be used to bring the philosophy of nonviolence to all the world’s people who grapple with the age-old problem of racial injustice.
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
Charles de Gaulle
When you become an animal, a vulture, in the ghetto, as I had become, you enter a world of animals and vultures. It becomes truly the survival of only the fittest.
When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
You can't stop a bird from landing on your head. But you can keep it from building a nest.