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Martin Luther King’s quotes teach me how to be courageous enough to stand for human rights when they are being crushed. Indeed, any kind of discrimination is a threat to human society and must be demolished. Today, I remember a great and brave human, Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an American pastor, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights struggle. He is also called Gandhi of America. His efforts led to progress in civil rights in America; That is why they are also seen today as a symbol of human rights.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in the city of Atlanta, America. Martin Luther King Junior conducted a successful non-violent movement in the United States against discrimination against the Negro community. In 1955, Mrs. Rose Parks, a woman against black-and-white discrimination on public buses, had been arrested. It was only after this that King started the famous bus movement.

He was honored with the Nobel Prize for World Peace in 1964. Many American universities have provided honorary degrees to him. Religious and social organizations gave him many medals. TIME magazine chose him as the Man of the Year 1963.

Martin Luther King Jr. started such a successful movement in America, which got the support of most of the whites. On 4 April 1968, he was shot dead in a hotel in America. Dr. King’s favorite line was – “We are not what we ought to be, and we are not what we are going to be, but God, Thankfully we are not who we were.” With respect for such a great personality, to share some of my favorite Martin Luther King Junior quotes with you all.

Here are 55 of the most inspiring Martin Luther King quotes to be courageous in life. I believe these Martin Luther King quotes will make you stand for the right always.

55 Most Inspiring Martin Luther King Quotes To Fight Injustice

  1. “I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  5. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  6. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  7. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  8. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  10. “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.
  11. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  12. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  13. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  14. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  15. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  16. “One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  17. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  18. “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.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  19. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  20. “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  21. “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.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  22. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  23. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  24. “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  25. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  26. “The time is always right to do what is right.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  27. “The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  28. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  29. “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  30. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  31. “Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love…violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  32. “Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  33. “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.
  34. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  35. “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.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  36. “We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  37. “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  38. “A riot is the language of the unheard.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  39. “We must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  40. “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  41. “A right delayed is a right denied.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  42. “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.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  43. “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  44. “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  45. “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  46. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  47. “Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  48. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  49. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  50. “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.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  51. “Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  52. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  53. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  54. “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  55. “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Rahul Bansal

Rahul is a freelance author, chemist, a teacher and has a lot of passion for spirituality, humanity & self-development. Being in the writing industry for many years, Rahul has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with his readers. He loves to write about self-improvement and share quotes he finds inspiring.

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