10 Thought-Provoking Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Today marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a time to revisit a man before his time, even to this day.

2018 is a special year in terms of focusing on the accounts of injustice, racially, spiritually, in love, and in life. While realizing that the world is on the tipping point of a knife, especially in the United States, today’s questions will become tomorrow’s reality, and we pave the way for those choices that are made.

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in that thought process, that we, and we alone had the power to change our patterns, our future, and learn from histories regrets, mistakes, and injustices that brought people like himself to crusade for what is right.

Today, we celebrate his vision, his words, and his heart. Take a moment to read through some of his most profound quotes, and shall we suggest, take them to heart, not just today, but every day.


“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

“To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”

“The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.” 

“The tensions are not between the races, but between the forces of justice and injustice; between the forces of light and darkness.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“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.”

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

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

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

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