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71 Inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes (FREEDOM)

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There are many astonishing words to describe Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK): Courageous, Fairness, Equality, Dignity, Peace, and Unity.

He is one of the most respected nonviolent leaders in world history. He led and contributed to the American civil rights movement (from December 1955 until April 1968) to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the USA.

Inspired by his Christian faith and harmonious teaching of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. resorted to using peaceful, nonviolent resistance – such as protesting and grassroots organizing – to accomplish what is known as ‘mission impossible’ then.

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.

He used the power of words to inspire people to live harmoniously with one another regardless of sex, race, religion, color or creed.

His fidelity to liberal ideals remained consistent throughout his life. He believed that Men and Women everywhere are equal members of the human family. One is not above the other and vice versa.

Best known for his revered oration, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has touched many hearts and inspired change in a distorted society.

He boldly declared his dream to the world and fervently believed in it.

Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to witness the full realization of his dream. But because of his courage and relentless pursuit, we, as the next generation, are fortunate enough to live in his dream – a society free of discrimination.

Today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s accomplishments are being taught and studied worldwide. He is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated to his honor.

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25 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes (MLK) About Living a Courageous Life

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.” 

MLK
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

MLK
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
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.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is 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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
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.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Let no man pull you 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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #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.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
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.

12 Wise Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr.

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”

MLK
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
A riot is the language of the unheard. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
A riot is the language of the unheard.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.
Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

21 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes About Peace & Harmony

Today we no longer have a choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or nonexistence. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Today we no longer have a choice between violence and nonviolence; it is either nonviolence or nonexistence.
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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
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.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.  - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.
Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

MLK

13 MLK Quotes to Make Us Ponder And Rethink of Life Again

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
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. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
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.
I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.
I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
What is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
What is wrong in the world today is that the nations of the world are engaged in a bitter, colossal contest for supremacy.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind. - #martinlutherkingjr #mlk #quotes
Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.

Conclusion

60 years after the passing of MLK, I wonder what speech would Dr. King give us in 2020.

Take a minute to think about what had happened in the last 60 years. Civil wars, wars over monetary gains, terrorism, multiple big organizations scandals, Trump wall, and the latest panic buy amid COVID-19 to name a few.

Has the world learned the lesson from its history? Is history going to repeat itself all over again?

Let’s take a minute to soak in the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. The world is in the midst of a crisis today. There are many speculations that this is just the beginning of an enormous storm.

I don’t know what the future hold but one thing I know is that we need to unite together as ONE PEOPLE.

Spread the kindness which you have received.

If you enjoyed this post and want to spread some love, share it with your loved ones on your social media account.

It may not seem like a big thing to do but every small effort counts.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,
Jeremiah Say


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