25 Inspirational MLK Quotes

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May Martin Luther King Jr. rest in peace.

In honor of his passing and, of course, in honor of his inspiring life, here is a rundown of King's most motivational and important quotes.

Consider how you can apply each one to your time on Earth...

1. I Have a Dream ...

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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.

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...

2. The Meaning of Life

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

3. Truth

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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.

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I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is...

4. Love

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

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

5. Hate

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

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

6. Genuine Leadership

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

7. Things That Matter

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

8. Communication

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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.

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...

9. Ignorance

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

10. Same Boat

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

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

11. Live Together ...

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

12. Salvation

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

13. Science and Spiritual Power

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Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

14. Prayer

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To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

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To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

15. God's Will

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I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land.

I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land.

16. Faith

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

17. Small Things

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If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.

18. True Greatness

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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.

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...

19. The Light and the Darkness

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

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

20. Playing it Safe

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There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience...

21. Individualism

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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.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns...

22. Darkness

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

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

23. Doing What's Right

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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.

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...

24. Ultimate Tragedy

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The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

25. Measure of a Man

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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.

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...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

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.