Martin Luther King Jr. died on April 4, 1968, was an American Baptist minister and also an activist leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is most famous for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. To remember him, we have collected his all-time best quotes for you.
1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”
2. “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
3. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
4. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
5. “I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
6. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
7. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
8. “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
9. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
10. “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
11. “Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
12. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
13. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
14. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
15. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
16. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
17. “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.”
18. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
19. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
20. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
21. “If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
22. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
23. “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.”
24. Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
25. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
26. 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.
27. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
28. The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
29. 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.
30. We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.