Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was an Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
Today we honor his life, character and ideals by marching for equality. His words remain true and just. Love was the driving force.
The following MLK quotes are timeless in the pursuit of love and equality.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
"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."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."
"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."
"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."
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
"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."
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
"I have decided to stick to love ... Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"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."
"No one really knows why they are alive until they find what they'll die for"
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"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."
"We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope."
"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
"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."
"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."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."