Top 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Of All Time To Inspire Greatness In You


Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

There's no truer statement than what Isaac Newton said regarding the importance of having a mentor, hero or whatever you may call it. And I quote: “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

Martin Luther King Jr. is no doubt a giant as far as mankind is concerned. His sacrifices and impacts contributed significantly to civilization and healthy societal relationships.

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In line with what Newton observed - to be great, one must learn from the great or else the journey to greatness will become cumbersome or never dared. Whether living or dead, our predecessors guide us in different ways. Quotes and wise saying are proven and effective ways they pass their priceless wisdom down to us.

Here are top 50 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes of all time for your edification:

1. "I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

2. "In our society, it is psychological murder to deprive a man of a job…you are in substance saying to that man "You have no right to exist." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

3. "Don't allow anybody to make you feel that you're nobody." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

4. "We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

5. "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
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6. "Whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

7. “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

8. "If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

9. "No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

10. "[If] a man doesn't have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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11. "Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

12. "You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

13. "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

14. "Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to work to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

15. "I am what I am because of who we all are."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

16. "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.

17. "What affects one in a major way, affects all in a minor way." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

18. "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."
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18. "The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

19. "The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

20. Capitalism is always in danger of inspiring men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

21. "If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

22. "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.

23. "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.

24. "We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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25. "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

26. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

27. "For you will never be what you ought to be until they [your fellow humans] are what they ought to be." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

28. "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

29. "One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

30. "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

31. "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."~ Martin Luther King Jr.

32. "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

33. "But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world – wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

34. "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

35. "Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

36. "Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

37. "To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."
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38. "We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

39. "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

40. "We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

41. "The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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42. “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." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 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 today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

43. "Courage faces fear and thereby masters it." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

44. "Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals."~ 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. "We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
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48. "If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation."
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

49. "Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

50. "Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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