Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes on People (7 Quotes)


    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

    Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.

    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.

    There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.

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


    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.

    I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.


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