Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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.
“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.”
The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
“The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”
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.
“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.”
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
“You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
“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.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.
“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.”
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
"Let us keep moving," I urged them, "with the faith that what we are doing is right, and with the even greater faith that God is with us in the struggle."
“"Let us keep moving," I urged them, "with the faith that what we are doing is right, and with the even greater faith that God is with us in the struggle."”
Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.
“Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”
Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.
“Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.”
There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.
“There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.”
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.
“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”
Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
The time is always right to do what is right.
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
“We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”
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.
“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.”
There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice.
“There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice.”
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
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 function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character?that is the goal of true education.”
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.
“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.”
We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. Because of our involvement in humanity we must be concerned about every human being.
“We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. Because of our involvement in humanity we must be concerned about every human being.”
Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.”
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
“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.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
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.
“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.”
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.”
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
“A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.”
He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.”
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”