10 Inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

  1. “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.” –“I Have a Dream” speech
  2. “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.” –Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  3. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” –Nobel Price Acceptance Speech
  4. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
  5. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  6. “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
  7. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
  8. “To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” –The Purpose of Education
  9. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  10. “Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of its summers and the piercing chill of its winters. And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him, and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.”

Many of Dr. Kings quotes, speeches and sermons are in the public domain, but the book “Strength to Love” provides a more comprehensive collection of his sermons.

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