Some little known quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. include: "The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve," and "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." The complete views and beliefs of King are often underrepresented in favor of more populist sentiments, such as snippets of his "I have a dream" speech. During his life, he actually spoke widely on a range of topics beyond racial tension and segregation.
Far from being single-minded in his commitment to racial equality, King implored his fellow countrymen to become actively engaged in any other cause of their choosing. He said: "Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest."
King was also critical of America's neoconservative foreign policy, particularly with regard to the war in Vietnam, arguing that "we will be marching ... and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy."
Summing up King's main concerns, perhaps, is another little-known quote, which states that: "Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism."