Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes For MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes For MLK Day
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Over 45 years from his death and 50 years after the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s inspiring words of encouragement remain as applicable and inspiring in the present day as they were when he was alive. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday with our collection of 15 of his most inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes —all of these poignant Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes are worth repeating and pondering over on this holiday of commemoration, service and equality.




Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  1. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In Aug, 1963, MLK departed in front of a horde of 250,000.

  1. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  1. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

  1. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
  1. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  1. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King.

  1. “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.”
  1. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
  1. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

A newspaper article about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., published

A newspaper article about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., published

  1. “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.”
  1. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
  1. “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.”

30-foot statue on the National Mall, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial,

30-foot statue on the National Mall, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, put up in 2011.

More Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes  for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

~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 a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

~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.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

~Martin Luther King Jr., “Strength to Love”

Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

~Martin Luther King Jr.


Hope you enjoyed our compilation of Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes. Don’t forget to share your favorite MLK Day Quotes in comments!

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