Martin Luther King Quotes

Martin Luther King quotes are as true today as they were during the civil rights movement.

He believed in bringing about change through non-violent methods.

There were many people who believed as he did. But there were many more who believed that violence was the only way to get results.

Here is one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."

Many times we want to see the whole plan before we are willing to commit to it.

Could you imagine leading a non-violent civil rights movement in the 1950's & 60's with no sign of winning. That's Faith!

Successful people, from all walks of life, know that waiting until you have the whole plan or when things are just right, is a recipe for failure.

Another Martin Luther King quote I like is "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

Wouldn't this be a wonderful world if everyone committed this quote to heart.

Quotes by Martin Luther King

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."


"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."


"The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important."


"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."


"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."


"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."


"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."


"The time is always right to do what is right."


"A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent."


"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."


"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."


"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."


"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress."

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