Let’s hear from Martin himself, how he saw the world...not from those who want to define His Day.
1.) A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
2.) A lie cannot live.
3.) A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
4.) A right delayed is a right denied.
5.) A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.
6.) All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
7.) 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.
8.) An individual who breaks a 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 the law.
9.) Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
10.) He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.
11.) 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.
12.) Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
13.) I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
14.) I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law.
15.) If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
16.) In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Do you see yourself in here? I sure see myself.