Famous Quotes of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in the deep south of America and experienced racism from an early age. This had much to do with his being a pivotal figure in the march for Civil Rights in the south and all over the country. America was forever changed because of him and his profound speeches.

Sadly, he was shot and killed before his 40th birthday. Although his life was ended that day, his legacy still lives on, much due to the many eloquent words he spoke while he lived. You will find below some of his most outstanding quotes.

“Lightning makes no sound until it strikes.”

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

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

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

“A lie cannot live.”

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

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,”

“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“Let no man pull so low as to hate him.”

“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.”

“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.”


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