Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

Introduction,

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister and civil rights activist who was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He was the son of a Baptist minister, and he grew up in a family that was active in the civil rights movement.

King is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in American history, and his leadership played a crucial role in the advancement of civil rights for African Americans. He is best known for his use of nonviolent resistance and his advocacy for racial equality.

King was instrumental in organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, and he went on to lead many other civil rights campaigns throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He delivered his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39. His death was met with widespread grief and outrage, and it led to a national conversation about race relations in America. King’s legacy continues to be celebrated today, and he is remembered as a symbol of hope and progress for all those who continue to fight for social justice and equality.

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


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


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


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 a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.


The time is always right to do what is right.


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


Faith is taking the first step even when you don’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.


We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


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.


The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.


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


We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.


There comes a time when silence is betrayal.


I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.


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


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


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


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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.


If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.


The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?


We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.


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.


The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.


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


In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.


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. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


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


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


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


The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.


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.


I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.


The time is always right to do what is right.


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


Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.


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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


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


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


If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

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.


We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.


We are not makers of history. We are made by history.


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


Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.


He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.


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. Quotes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes


That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.


Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.


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


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.


A lie cannot live.


Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.


Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.


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.