Top 25 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

1. "The time is always right to do what is right."

2. "To be great, you have to be willing to be mocked, hated, and misunderstood. Stay strong."

3. "Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

4. "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to night already devoid of stars."

5. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"

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

7. "Never, never be afraid to do what’s right. Especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the ones we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

8. "Your ignorance is their power."

9. "Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

10. "If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl but by all means keep moving."

11. "Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear."

12. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the full staircase."

13. "No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for."

14. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

15. "The richer we have become materially, the poor we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."

16. "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

17. "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

18. "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."

19. "If I cannot do great things I can do small things in a great way."

20. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

21. "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."

22. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

23. "It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people."

24. "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

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