15 Influential Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Continue To Inspire Greatness

Every January 16th we celebrate one of the most important civil rights leaders in history, Martin Luther King Jr. It isn’t just a holiday off from school or work, it’s a day to honor an individual who was paramount in creating a world where discrimination would not be tolerated and acceptance would become a priority.

Though our society is still far from perfect, we have this man to thank for the monumental strides made towards equality for all people regardless of their skin color. In reverence of such an influential and fearless leader, these are some of MLK Jr.’s most powerful quotes that continue to inspire greatness.



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

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



5. “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.”

6. “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.”



8. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

9. “Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” 



11. “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.” 

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



14. “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”



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