Here is a list of the best Martin Luther King quotes and sayings to mark the great historical day: Martin Luther King day 2016. It’s never too late to get inspired and inspire others.
If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I would be the last to condemn the thousands of sincere and dedicated people outside the churches who have labored unselfishly through various humanitarian movements to cure the world of social evils, for I would rather a man be a committed humanist than an uncommitted Christian. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
[I]t must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968ompared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968
[W]e are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967
As television beamed the image of this extraordinary gathering across the border oceans, everyone who believed in man’s capacity to better himself had a moment of inspiration and confidence in the future of the human race. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., about the March on Washington in the summer of 1963, Why We Can’t Wait, 1963
It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch-antirevolutionaries. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968
When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared…. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I like to say to the people in Montgomery: “The tension in this city is not between white people and Negro people. The tension is, at bottom, between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
Perhaps only his sense of humor and irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation in the world speaking of his aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor weak nation more than eight thousand miles away from its shores. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., about Ho Chi Minh, Beyond Vietnam lecture, 4 April 1968
Unfortunately, most of the major denominations still practice segregation in local churches, hospitals, schools, and other church institutions. It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, the same hour when many are standing to sing: “In Christ There Is No East Nor West.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967
If America’s soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the hopes of men the world over. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam lecture, 4 April 1968
We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, 1963
Will we march only to the music of time, or will we, risking criticism and abuse, march to the soul-saving music of eternity? ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
As a teenager I had never been able to accept the fact of having to go to the back of a bus or sit in the segregated section of a train. The first time I had been seated behind a curtain in a dining car, I felt as if the curtain had been dropped on my selfhood. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
Even when the polls are open to all, Negroes have shown themselves too slow to exercise their voting privileges. There must be a concerted effort on the part of Negro leaders to arouse their people from their apathetic indifference…. In the past, apathy was a moral failure. Today, it is a form of moral and political suicide. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958
We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed…. This strange dichotomy, this agonizing gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man’s earthly pilgrimage. ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963