His words have inspired generations seeking social justice, equality, and human compassion. Fifty years after his assassination the most famous quotes by Martin Luther King Jr are still relevant, moving, and inspirational.
The world is very different, but the desire for justice and equality endures. Absolute justice and equality is a fight that can never be won.
It’s also a fight that can never be abandoned.
Martin Luther King Jr Quotes
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
“I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“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.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
“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.”