33 Inspiring Martin Luther King Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and minister who devoted his life to fighting for equal rights for African Americans. He was born in Georgia in 1906 and died in 1968.

His name Martin Luther King Jr. has later changed into to a Man of the Year 1963 by Time Magazine as one of five greatest influencers of this year.

But, King was not only the youngest man to receive world Nobel Peace Prize. He was a leader of American Blacks and was the youngest man to be given that title.

Martin Luther King Jr was murdered in his home, which is a black church, by a white man, who thought that it would stop the racial riots.

I have a dream that my four 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.

33 Martin Luther King Quotes

Hate is too great of a burden and it isn’t worth it. I can’t afford to let my hate be a burden.

Intelligence plus character – that is what is the goal of education.

It’s easier to wait for a right than to demand that you get it now.

Sometimes you learn lessons that are bigger than you when you’re in love. You learn the meaning of unconditional and total love. You learn the depth of your own self – your own personhood. That’s when you learn what it means to be human in a really deep, rich way.

I know I need to make a difference in the world, but I keep waiting for the time to be right to do what is right.

If a person has to ask that question, then he is really lost, as he has no purpose in life.

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This is why I don’t want to take part in a country that says its about freedom when its actually about a group of people that want to oppress everyone else.

I hope that we never judge anyone based on their nationality, creed, or birthplace.

I think the most basic and important thing we can do for the world is to save people’s lives. There are so many people who are dying or suffering every day.

I see that when I look at the shadow of racism and when I look at the shadow of homophobia I see the things I am unwilling to look at and face in myself.

This quote shows how true Martin Luther King was. Everyone has experienced disappointment but we can never lose hope.

It is hard to achieve stability. In the past we saw the rise of dictators, but now we are seeing the rise of democracies.

Martin Luther King said that we should remember the words of our enemies, but we should remember the words of our friends. The key is to find the right friends.

We live in a culture of silence. By refusing to speak up, we are complicit in perpetuating our own oppression. By being silent, we give the impression that we accept our own subjugation. Speaking out provides us with the means necessary to stand up for what we believe in.

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If you feel you have a strong point of view, and you feel like you are being attacked, you can sometimes respond by arguing or debating, but that doesn’t always help. If you are in a relationship with someone who can’t see things from your perspective, then take a deep breath and remember that “Seeing isn’t always believing”. Sometimes being right can make someone feel attacked.

Whenever anybody does anything to somebody else, they are doing so to themselves in some way. When somebody does something to me, they are doing so to themselves in some way. We each are affected by everyone else, because we are interrelated.

I guess the biggest tragedy is when someone who is supposed to be good doesn’t speak up even when they know something isn’t right and someone is getting hurt or is getting abused.

The American dream is a means by which we arrive at the goal of a peaceful world.
And a world free from war.
A world free from poverty and hunger.
A world free from oppression of all kinds.
And a world in which we respect one another’s rights.
And in which everyone is treated fairly.

Martin Luther King Jr. said that forgiveness wasn’t an occasional act; it was a constant attitude.

– In the last few decades we have been able to see how the black communities have been oppressed, what the white people have done to our ancestors, and how the white people made history and made us their own.

I believe everyone should be kind and understanding when dealing with others. We should avoid fighting and instead find common ground and hope for the best in others.

One must evolve the way of doing things a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

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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.

Everybody can be great, even though some people are not qualified. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. If some people have a disability in their lives, then they can serve. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. said that about people who go into obscurity, and about people who remain immortal.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man that did a great thing to stand up for what he believed in. He did the right thing, the time was right to do the right thing and did the right thing for his people.

Martin Luther King Jr. said that he was not interested in power for power’s sake. He was only interested in achieving moral power through just laws.

‘People fail to get along with each other 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.’ That’s what Martin Luther King said.

When Martin Luther King Jr. said “I have a dream” it was the first time we heard a Negro leader articulate a dream beyond personal freedom. To have someone tell us, in effect, “I have a dream that I will be judged by the content of my character and not the color of my skin,” is a remarkable statement. It was an invitation to the world for all to join together and help achieve a new world. His dream has inspired people to action from every human society in every nation.

I think a lot of black people are very well educated and are very aware of the racism and inequality that exists in our society, and they are trying to do what they believe is right. As a result of that, they are getting punished, whether they’re on the left or the right, and that is why I think it is important that people be exposed to different ideologies, because if we don’t learn about them, we won’t have an understanding of the world.

There are other ways to die, but to give up your life to free others from death and the spirits of oppression would be the most powerful act of courage.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be flattened, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of God shall be revealed. Everyone will see it together.


I want to see God’s children marching side by side
With the sons and daughters of other lands
And when this day of freedom comes
Let us remember we are tied together
By the spirit of loving-kindness,
That shines out of God’s face.

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