10 of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Inspiring Motivational Quotes

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for his role in the civil rights movement where his inspiring lectures, speeches and leadership encouraged masses to use nonviolent methods to change American society split by racial segregation.

More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today by reflecting on some of his most poignant quotes. Some you may have heard already and some maybe you haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality. Here are 10 of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr….

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

2. “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.”

3. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

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

5. “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.”

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

7. “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.”

8. “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.”

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

10. “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.”


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