A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
One who breaks an unjust 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 law.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Seeing is not always believing.
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 hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
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.
There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.