Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.
Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.