30 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes and Sayings
Today, I was reading some Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes because I have always been inspired by who he was and what he did for some many people. As I was reading his quotes, I was reminded by how far society still needs to go.
Also, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that I selected will help you remind how powerful his words are. When you read these quotes, I hope you can be motivated and driven by his thoughts. Hopefully, society can get it’s shit together and we can overcome racism, bigotry, and all the ignorance that is rampant in the world.
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Here Are 30 Inspirational Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes and Sayings
2. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo 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 street sweeper who did his job well.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
5. “There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
6. “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.
8. “As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
9. “People fail to get along 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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
10. “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.
11. “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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
12. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
14. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
15. “The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
16. “We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
17. “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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
18. “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
20. “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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
21. “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
22. “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
23. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
24. “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
26. “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.
27. “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” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
28. “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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
29. “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
30. “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.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.