20 Inspiring Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader, a Baptist minister, and a social activist who played a significant role in the American civil rights movement. His powerful speeches and writings inspired millions of people around the world to fight for justice and equality.

Here are 20 of the most inspiring quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. that continue to inspire and motivate people to this day:

  1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  2. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  5. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
  8. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  9. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  10. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “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.”
  13. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  14. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  15. “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
  16. “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”
  17. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
  18. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
  19. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
  20. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

These quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. continue to inspire people around the world to fight for justice and equality, to love one another, and to have hope for a better future. They remind us of the power of love, peace, and nonviolence to overcome hatred, discrimination, and violence.

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