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Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

1929 - 1968

Be encouraged by the words of Martin Luther King Jr.. He was born on January 15, 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. And was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was a Baptist minister who grew up in the church surrounded by a family whose faith in God was strong and alive; to quote Martin Luther King Jr, "Now of course I was religious; I grew up in the church. I'm the son of a preacher, I'm the great-grandson of a preacher, and the great-great-grandson of a preacher. My father is a preacher, my grandfather was a preacher, my great-grandfather was a preacher, my only brother is a preacher, my Daddy's brother is a preacher. So I didn't have much choice, I guess."

He was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. His life ended too early when an assassin's bullet claimed his life in 1968. This very famous man had a strong personality and determination. One of his most famous speeches, which lives on today was the speech, "I Have A Dream." When he was 35 years old, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 (the youngest person at that time to receive the award). And true to his character the money from the award, $54,000, he gave to further the civil rights movement. Be inspired by his words.


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



"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."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Happiness   |  



"Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Positive Thinking   |  



"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Goal   |  



"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."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Motivation   |  


"We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Stress   |  


"Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Good   |  


"I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice. I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice."
Martin Luther King Jr., Acceptance Speech for Nobel Peace Prize
Determination   |  


"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream
Dream   |  


"How do you go about loving your enemies? I think the first thing is this: In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing self. And I'm sure that seems strange to you, that I start out telling you this morning that you love your enemies by beginning with a look at self. It seems to me that that is the first and foremost way to come to an adequate discovery to the how of this situation."
Martin Luther King Jr., Loving Your Enemies
Love   |  


"The Greek language comes out with another word for love. It is the word agape. And agape is more than eros; agape is more than philia; agape is something of the understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men. It is a love that seeks nothing in return. It is an overflowing love; it's what theologians would call the love of God working in the lives of men. And when you rise to love on this level, you begin to love men, not because they are likeable, but because God loves them. You look at every man, and you love him because you know God loves him. And he might be the worst person you've ever seen."
Martin Luther King Jr., Loving Your Enemies
God   |  


"Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth of its summers and the piercing chill of its winters. And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace."
Martin Luther King Jr., Eulogy for the Martyred Children
Life   |  


"The acceptable year of the Lord is any year when men decide to do right. The acceptable year of the Lord is any year when men will stop lying and cheating. The acceptable year of the Lord is that year when women will start using the telephone for constructive purposes and not to spread malicious gossip and false rumors on their neighbors. The acceptable year of the Lord is any year when men will stop throwing away the precious lives that God has given them in riotous living."
Martin Luther King Jr., Guidelines for a Constructive Church
Gossip   |  


"And you know what loving yourself also means? It means that you've got to accept yourself. So many people are busy trying to be somebody else. God gave all of us something significant. And we must pray every day, asking God to help us to accept ourselves."
Martin Luther King Jr., The Three Dimensions Of A Complete Life
Prayer   |  


"And don't forget in doing something for others that you have what you have because of others. Don't forget that. We are tied together in life and in the world. And you may think you got all you got by yourself."
Martin Luther King Jr., The Three Dimensions Of A Complete Life
Helping Others   |  


"You know, I learned a long time ago that you can't make it by yourself in this world. You need friends; you need somebody to pat you on the back; you need somebody to give you consolation in the darkest hours."
Martin Luther King Jr., Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool
Friend   |  


"And so I'm not worried about tomorrow. I get weary every now and then. The future looks difficult and dim, but I'm not worried about it ultimately because I have faith in God."
Martin Luther King Jr., Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool
Faith   |  


"First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood."
Martin Luther King Jr., Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution
Brotherhood   |  


"Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
Martin Luther King Jr., I've Been to the Mountaintop
Words of Encouragement   |  


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