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Top 50 Best Inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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

“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.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“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.”

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”

“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“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.”

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“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.”

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“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.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”

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

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

“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.”

“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

“Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”

“the time is always right to do the right thing”

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“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

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

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

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”

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

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die”

“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

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