Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
The time is always right to do what is right.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.