Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. left an unforgettable legacy for advocating for the African Americans during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. He worked hard to advance civil rights using civil disobedience and nonviolence which he picked up from his Christian beliefs as well as the Mahatma Gandhi.
His I Have A Dream speech is one of his most enduring gifts to the world where he calls for equality and an end to racism in front of 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 5, 1968. This lead to several riots held in different cities around the U.S.
After his death, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A Martin Luther King Jr. Day was also established and observed by several states and cities. It was enacted as a holiday at the federal level after it was signed by President Reagan.
Up till the present time, his words still resonate and serve as inspiration for a more humane future. Here are the most inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. quotes.
Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King Jr.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. – Martin Luther King Jr.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. – Martin Luther King Jr.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life, is what is important. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King Jr.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr.
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King Jr.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. – Martin Luther King Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King Jr.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King Jr.
A lie cannot live. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others. – Martin Luther King Jr.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King Jr.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history. – Martin Luther King Jr.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King Jr.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. – Martin Luther King Jr.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. – Martin Luther King Jr.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King Jr.
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