Memorable Martin Luther King (MLK) Quotes and Sayings

Today is Martin Luther King Day therefore people are remembering his famous quotes and sayings. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement.Here are Martin Luther King quotes and other inspirational sayings.

1. True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

2. I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

3. A riot is the language of the unheard.

4. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

5. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

6. In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends

7. I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom.

8. I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

9. We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

10. …Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.

11. The time is always right to do what is right.

12. A nation or civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

13. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

14. 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.

15. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

16. We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

17. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

18. We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

19. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

20. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

21. Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time — the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.

22. I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. 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.

23. The time is always right to do what’s right.

24. In every age and every generation, men have envisioned a promised land. Some may have envisioned it with the wrong ideology, with the wrong philosophical presupposition. But men in every generation thought in terms of some promised land.

25. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

26. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

27. Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

28. 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 slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a 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.

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