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10 Most Powerful Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most iconic civil rights activists involved in the African American Civil Rights Movement in history. As one of the greatest and most influential leaders of our time, King stood up against oppression while honoring spirituality and humanitarianism. As a third generation pastor, King inspired others through belief based practices of Christianity and Mahatma Gandhi. His efforts revolutionized the issue of civil rights beginning in the mid 1950s and extending (likely) well beyond today. His leadership, with wife, Coretta, during the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and his powerful delivery of the highly acclaimed “I Have A Dream” speech during the March On Washington during 1963 evoked many countries to question their practices and work toward increasing unity, freedom, and correcting injustice. King’s efforts earned him a Nobel Peace Prize for drawing attention to his mission to eliminate racial discrimination, segregation, inequality, war, and worldwide poverty, yet it also drew strong hatred from those in opposition to his mission. On April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray, leaving behind his wife, children, family, friends, and supporters. Despite his tragic death, King’s legacy remains firm in the hearts of the millions he touched with his words, deeds, wisdom, and grace. In honor of King, the U.S. government reserved his birthday, January 15, 1929, to be observed as a national holiday. Even though his life, work, and wisdom are decades past, much of his ideas still apply to life today and likely will remain well into the future. To celebrate King’s legacy while promoting his legendary ideas, here are the 10 Most Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes:

1. "I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."

2. “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

3. “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.”

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

5. “A lie cannot live.”

6. “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.”

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

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

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

10. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

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