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45 Inspirational Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist, humanitarian as well as an American pastor. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. He was the youngest to receive Noble Peace Prize. Below are some of the great quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. that will motivate you.

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

  1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  6. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  7. “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  8. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. “Seeing is not always believing.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  10. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  12. “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  13. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  14. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  15. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  16. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  17. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  18. “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.
  19. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  20. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  21. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  22. “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  23. “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.
  24. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  25. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  26. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  27. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  29. “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.
  30. “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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  31. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  32. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  33. “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.
  34. “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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  35. “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.
  36. “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  37. “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  38. “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  39. “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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  40. “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  41. “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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  42. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  43. “We must use time creatively.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  44. “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  45. “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Exceeding were some of the best quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., if you have more of his quotes, do share them in the comments section.