Martin Luther King Jr.
Profession: Clergyman, Activist, Civil Liberty Leader wiki
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American minister turned civil rights activist, turned civil rights movement leader. His role in the movement for equality was vital to the progress African Americans made in The United States during the 1950’s. His famous “I have a dream” speech capped off an organized march to Washington as a form of peaceful protest to inequality.
King Jr. has been honored with many awards, including The Nobel Peace Price, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and The Congressional Gold Medal.
Sadly, King Jr. was assassinated at age 39 in Memphis Tennessee. However, his message is still very inspirational for many.
30 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes
1. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
2. If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
3. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
4. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.
6. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
7. In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
8. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?
9. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
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.
11. We must use time creatively.
12. Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
13. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
14. A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.
15. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
16. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
17. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
18. 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.
19. A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
20. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
21. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
22. Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
23. I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.
24. A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
25. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
26. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
27. Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
28. Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.
29. Segregation is the adultery of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality.
30. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.