15 Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr


Synonymous with the civil rights movement in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr was its most visible spokesperson and leader. One of the most influential figures of all time his dignity and philosophy are all the more impressive given the unjust treatment people like him experienced at the time. Here are 15 quotes by Martin Luther King Jr which are guaranteed to make you think. Certainly they made me think. 

  1. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  2. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  3. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  4. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  5. Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  6. You know, a lot of people don’t love themselves. And they go through life with deep and haunting emotional conflicts. So the length of life means that you must love yourself. And you know what loving yourself also means? It means that you’ve got to accept yourself. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  7. 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
  8. The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  9. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  10. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  11. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  12. That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  13. One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  14. There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity. ~Martin Luther King Jr
  15. 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

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