Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Inspire Change Beyond MLK Day

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Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to inspire personal, social, and global change. These quotes demonstrate the power of personal transformation to meet challenges. MLK faced adversities with a deep understanding about the power of love underlying all of us. Something we can all do today to make profound change. Share this to inspire others.

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Solidarity

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“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.

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

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Power of Love

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR Opportunity for Love .

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

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Action

Martin Luther King Jr MLK Quotes Everybody Can Be Great Because Everybody Can Serve

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“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.

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“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.

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“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Social Change

Martin Luther King MLK Quotes Injustice Threat to Justice

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“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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MLK Quotes Curated by Jeff Singh

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