20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist, an American Baptist minister who became the leader in the American civil rights movement in 1955.

Inspired by the activism of Mahatma Gandhi and his Christian beliefs, Martin Luther King, Jr. advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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Here are some of his best quotes:

The time is always right to do what is right.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.

Dr. Martin 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Many of our inner conflicts are rooted in hate. This is why psychiatrists say, “Love or perish.” Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A right delayed is a right denied.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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