Inspirational Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes that Inspire: An iconic symbol of equality, justice, and altruism, Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless platitudes laid the groundwork for a more inclusive society in which truth and liberty prevail. Martin Luther King Day provides an opportunity to reflect on his pioneering global impact each year, celebrating how far we’ve come since his leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. In light of the holiday, we’ve compiled some of the King’s most inspirational quotes as a reminder that we too, can make a big difference in our community through a few simple actions.

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Best Martin Luther King Quotes

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“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 the skin, but by the content of their character.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“The function of education is to tech one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”

“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.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“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.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“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.”

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“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.”