Martin Luther King Speaks on Inequality

Quotes Selected by Harry Brill
Friday January 15, 2016 - 02:50:00 PM

King's American Dream: "A land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few."  

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death".  

"We need a radical reordering of our national priorities."  

"Laws only declare rights; they do not deliver them. The oppressed must take hold of laws and transform them into effective mandates."  

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."  

"There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice."  

"The curse of poverty has no justification in our age."  

"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which makes philanthropy necessary."  

"When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared."  

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

"It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home."  

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

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

"The time is always right to do the right thing."  

"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."  

"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream".  

"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 plea for unity is not a call for uniformity. There must always be a healthy debate."  

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."  

"Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation."