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The 50 Most Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

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Martin Luther King changed the course of history through the power of his words.

We’ve searched far and wide to create this collection of what we believe are the best, most important, and most inspirational quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. From the power of persistence, to standing for something, sit back and soak in the wisdom.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Martin Luther King Jr

The time is always right to do the right thing.Martin Luther King Jr


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

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

I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.Martin Luther King Jr

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.Martin Luther King Jr

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.Martin Luther King Jr

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.Martin Luther King Jr

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.Martin Luther King Jr

Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.Martin Luther King Jr

A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.Martin Luther King Jr

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.Martin Luther King Jr

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.Martin Luther King Jr

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.Martin Luther King Jr


We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.Martin Luther King Jr

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.Martin Luther King Jr

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.Martin Luther King Jr

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.Martin Luther King Jr

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.Martin Luther King Jr

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.Martin Luther King Jr

The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.Martin Luther King Jr

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

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.Martin Luther King Jr

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.Martin Luther King Jr

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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

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.Martin Luther King Jr

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.Martin Luther King Jr

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.Martin Luther King Jr

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.Martin Luther King Jr

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great wayMartin Luther King Jr

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.Martin Luther King Jr

The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to dieMartin Luther King Jr

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

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.Martin Luther King Jr

Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.Martin Luther King Jr

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.Martin Luther King Jr

Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.Martin Luther King Jr

There is no gain without struggle.Martin Luther King Jr

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.Martin Luther King Jr

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.Martin Luther King Jr

It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.Martin Luther King Jr

A right delayed is a right denied.Martin Luther King Jr

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

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.Martin Luther King Jr

Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.Martin Luther King Jr

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.Martin Luther King Jr

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.Martin Luther King Jr

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.Martin Luther King Jr

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