King’s Inspirational Quotes

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist whose peaceful tactics but continuous fight for equal rights for all, solidify his place in history. I have always been moved and touched by King’s inspirational words and I believe, now more than ever, we need to hear them more often.

King’s words still resonate with people and encourages leadership and pursuit of justice in the next generation. So, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are a few of his dynamic quotes that we need to hear more of today:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“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,” 

“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!”

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education,”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The tensions are not between the races, but between the forces of justice and injustice; between the forces of light and darkness.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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.

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