Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes are among the most famous quotations of all-time. His quotations and sayings will forever be passed on from one generation to the next. Whether people are passing on his “I Have a Dream” speech or the many other things he said on equal rights and racism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words will forever live on. There are two simple reasons for that. Martin Luther King Jr. had a way with words that few others had before, during or after him. He was able to motivate and inspire people with love and not violence. The second reason his quotes are so famous is because he was right. In practically every single thing the equal rights icon ever said, he spoke the truth. It’s a lot easier to get people to jump on your bandwagon when you just tell them the truth. Here are Martin Luther King Jr.’s top ten best quotations and sayings. May he rest in peace and his words continue to inspire people to be better human beings to themselves and each other.
Martin Luther King Jr. has a dream. A dream we still this day need to strive towards.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Quote on fighting for what you believe in
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr. quote on equal rights
“A right delayed is a right denied.”
Look at the bigger picture
“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.”
Don’t just take it. Do something about it.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
Quote on “The Promised Land”
“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”
Character, not color
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King Jr. quote on forgiveness
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. 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.”
Silence is not an option
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
Quote on taking it one step at a time
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
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