Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

- Martin Luther King, As quoted in The Civil Sphere (2006)

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, “Loving Your Enemies, Strength to Love, 1963

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

I have decided to stick with love...hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

The spirit of Dr. [Martin Luther] King and the thousands of people he worked with set the races on a different course in the United States... In that same spirit, we must have the courage – and teach our students the courage – to be bearers to the world of this transforming love, co-creators of a more deeply human world, collaborators with Christ in the building of God’s Kingdom.
- Peter Hans Kolvenbach, Spring Hill College, October 4, 2004

[Quoting Aeschylus] 'Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'
- Robert F. Kennedy, Announcing the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1968

 

Click here, for a link to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech