Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is known as the father of the civil rights movement. Having been the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at just thirty-five years of age. Dr. King traveled more than six million miles in just an eleven year period to speak of the injustice, protest, and action that needed to be taken in America. Sadly, Dr. King was assassinated in 1968 while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. Here is a look at some of the most noted Martin Luther King sayings from his life.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
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.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
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.
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.
That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
The time is always right to do what is right.
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.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
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.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Here is a brief five minute biography on the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
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