15 Incredible Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate and remember the life of Martin Luther King Jr. It was just 50 years ago that King was assassinated for speaking truth to a resistant and fearful world and fighting for light in the darkness. The Baptist minister led the Civil Rights movement from the mid-1950s to the day he died by assassination on April 4, 1968. He fought not with violence, but with words and action. He inspired a nation and his legacy carries on. Here are 15 game-changing, heart-challenging quotes to inspire you today.

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

2. “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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

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

5. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

6. “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.”

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7. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

8. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

9. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

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10. “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.”

11. “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”

12. “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.”

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13. “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”

14. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

15. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

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Esther Laurie
Esther Laurie is a staff writer at ChurchLeaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.