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Inspiring Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Parin Patel

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans in March 1965. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. (Photo Credit: Steve Schapiro/Corbis)

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads a march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans in March 1965. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. (Photo Credit: Steve Schapiro/Corbis)

Eighty-four years ago today, Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King gave birth to one of the most influential and inspiring leaders, the world has ever seen: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Taking inspiration from the peaceful ways of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King not only led the African-American Civil Rights Movement through nonviolence, but he led great change through it as well. He not only inspired a nation, but also inspired the world.

And he continues to inspire countless others to this day.
And he will continue to do so in the years to come.

In fact, when I was in high school, I remember writing a speech about leadership where I used both Dr. King and Michael Jordan as references.

And it’s clear that Dr. King has also inspired ET.

Martin Luther King died. I don’t know how much money he made, but I know his motivation. He moved the world.
– Eric Thomas, TGIM: I A M – WHAT’S YOUR WHY

So in celebration of what would have been Dr. King‘s eighty fourth birthday, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is one week away, here are 30 inspiring quotes from Dr. King:

1 to 10:

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

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.

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

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.

I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up.

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

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.

11 to 20

In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.

Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship. Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning. It is the lifting of a burden or the canceling of a debt.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

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

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

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 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.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

21 to 30

There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

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?

They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.

Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external. We have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.

How has Martin Luther King Jr. inspired you?

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