Dr. King’s Words of Wisdom

By Linda Dao

Today we celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As one of the most influential humanitarians of the 20th century and American civil rights leader, he was involved in many non-violent protests and campaigns demanding meaningful legislation and economic equality (e.g. Montgomery Bus Boycott, Birmingham campaign, March on Washington, and the Memphis sanitation workers strike). King was known for being a charismatic and well spoken leader, so to commemorate him we will leave you with a few of our favorite quotes:

•  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

•  “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

•  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

•  “It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

•  “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

•  “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.”

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

•  “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.”

•  “Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meaning can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

•  “But there are some things in our social system to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I suggest that you too ought to be maladjusted. I never intend to adjust myself to the viciousness of mob-rule. I never intend to adjust myself to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination. I never intend to adjust myself to the tragic inequalities of an economic system which take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating method of physical violence.”

•  “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Know another great MLK quote that you love? Post it in the comments!

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