12 Most Empowering Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

12 Most Empowering Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most influential men in American history. Based on his legacy of using his philosophy of non-violence and his belief in what was right, Dr. King led a generation into a new age of thought. Striving for equality in the truest sense of the word, Dr. King positively changed the voice of African-Americans and other minorities in the United States.

“Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests and grassroots organizing, to achieve seemingly-impossible goals.” (from the MLK, Jr. Center)

What we have left now generations later are Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches and writings to carry on his ideals and to continue to empower those with an open mind and a will to improve their lives.

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

 

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

 

3. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

 

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

 

5. “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.”

 

6. “The time is always right to do the right thing.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

10. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

 

11. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

 

12. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

 

Did any of these quotes resonate with you? Which one touched you and will bring something to your life?

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Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick

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Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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15 comments
haburke
haburke

This is simple and sweet. Thank you Peg. #5 always gets me square in the heart! It's a great reminder to not judge anyone and to aspire to greater character!

sharongreenthal
sharongreenthal

#12 resonates the most with me. But in a global sense, #6 is the most profound. However, trying to rate Dr. King's words in any sense is a waste of time...he was so brilliant and his words are all so powerful. Thanks for posting this on this day of service.

Jason Fonceca
Jason Fonceca

Agreed, I love this Peggy! MLK = inspiring and beyond ;)I find myself singing this Frank Ocean line:Sweet King Martin / Sweet Queen Coretta / Sweet Brother Malcolm / Sweet Queen Betty / Sweet Mother Mary / Sweet Father Joseph / Sweet Jesus... we made it in America.It works best if you know Frank's awesome crooning :)(Also, I have a different wording than Martin's expression of #3 :D - Selfishness is a 'good thing' :D)

Sonia (Sunnnee)
Sonia (Sunnnee)

Beautiful post Peggy! I loved them all because they all have special meanings, but #3 stuck out to me the most. The choices we make in life determines our future. We all the same opportunities to do the right thing. Thank you for such a beautiful post.

dbvickery
dbvickery

A great definition of Integrity - "The time is always right to do the right thing." Great quote choices, Peggy.

susansilver
susansilver

I can never read a Martin Luther King Jr. quote and not think of his work and leadership. I love all the ones you have chosen. He is one of the greatest orators of all time. We can learn so much from his words and actions.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@sharongreenthal

I must agree with you, rating MLK wisdom is not a good use of time. But it is wonderful to ruminate on a quote and his legacy.

Thanks Sharon!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@Jason Fonceca Appreciate your thoughts Jason!

I feel that incorporating people much wiser than I, such as MLK or Mother Teresa, helps keep their legacy of brilliant thinking alive and enriches my own as in your version of his ideas.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@Sonia (Sunnnee) I am so happy that this post touched you, Dr. King was a brilliant man and his legacy needs to be remembered. I hope that we will have more people step up and create greatness to complete the starts of the Civil Rights and Women's Rights movements. We appear to have stagnated.

Thanks for your comments!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@susansilver I agree Susan - he is someone that I had to really think about what to choose because he was so incredibly wise and had such passion.

Jason Fonceca
Jason Fonceca

@PegFitzpatrick I totally agree, Peg :)I've spent life studying and immersing myself in the knowledge and wisdom of the world's greatest legends, in all areas of life, and continue to do so :D

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