Top 25 Famous Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. used his strong personality and eloquent oratory to spearhead the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. A Baptist minister, King began his civil rights activities in 1955 with the successful boycott of the segregated bus system in Montgomery, Alabama.

King became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded in 1957 in an effort to mobilize the nonviolent struggle against racism and discrimination; King was named its first president. 

On August 28, 1963, the massive March on Washington culminated in 250,000 Americans of all races gathering at the Lincoln Memorial to hear King speak. The movement won a major victory in 1964 when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and King became the youngest man ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The world lost a towering symbol of liberty and justice when an assassin’s bullet claimed his life in 1968.

In the United States, hundreds of streets have been renamed in his honor, and a county was rededicated for him in Washington. In 2011, “The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. Here are our Top 25 Famous Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes for you.

Top 25 Famous Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

The time is always right to do what is right.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

And it may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the GOOD people.

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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.”

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.

It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for.

Every person must decide at some point whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

We must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools.

A man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God, is a just law.

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the FINAL word in reality.

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

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

There is no gain without struggle.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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