70 Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Let's remember Martin Luther King Jr's inspiring words with these quotes.
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70 Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American activist and leader during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from 1955 until his death. After a lot of moving speeches in many peaceful protests, he achieved the change of some laws in search of equality for African Americans.

Although he was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968, he will always be remembered for his constant fight to eradicate racism. His speeches were moving and in this article, you can read 70 Martin Luther King Jr quotes to remember some of his inspiring words.

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth."
"Lightning makes no sound until it strikes."
"We cannot walk alone."
"A lie cannot live."
"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."
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
"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."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"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."
"We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right."
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
"We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now."
"There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November."
"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."
"Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live."
"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
"It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it."
"The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important."
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
"The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
"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."
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."
"Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility."
"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another."
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."
"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."
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
"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."
"A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live."
"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."
"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."
"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."
"A riot is the language of the unheard."
"You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you."
"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."
"The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one."
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."
"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind."
"Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake."
"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude."
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?"
"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"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."
"Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man."
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality."
"Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
"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."
"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love."
"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."
"I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you."
"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."
"I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."
"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."
"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress."
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"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."
"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls."

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