12 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes


An American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and renowned leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, few people have had a greater impact on American history than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King first gained notoriety through his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. In fact, his activism and heading of the SCLC, are largely responsible for ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, nationwide. But King’s activism was cemented in actual legislation; The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 can be credited to King and his relentless drive to change the status quo.

Every moment of King’s adult life was devoted to serving others and the common good. For this, King famously received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among other honors. Remembered as one of the most acclaimed and respected African-American leaders in history, King is often referenced by his 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Celebrate the life and wisdom of one of America’s most beloved leaders, with 12 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes.


  1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

  2. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  3. “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.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  4. “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.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  5. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  6. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  7. “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.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  8. “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  9. “There is no gain without struggle.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  10. “Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ‘Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  11. “I have a dream today” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

  12. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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