“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.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
“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.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“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.”
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
“I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”
As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, we've made a gallery of 15 of MLK's best quotes.
Martin Luther King Jr. really needs no introduction at all, however, we will attempt to do the civil rights leader justice in our brief description.
King became a civil rights activist early on in life, having always been a gifted student, he skipped two grades growing up in Atlanta and started to attend college at age 15 without having formally graduated high school. His schooling fell in line with his religious beliefs, as he went on to become a pastor, which also influenced his activism. King was a devout Christian, who stood for non-violence, and encouraged people to treat others as they would like to be treated.
King's vision of a non-violent and equal world was a message he would spread across the United States. He soon became a national figure for the cause of African-American civil rights, after the arrest of Rosa Parks, when she refused to give up her seat in the bus. King helmed the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 which led to the end of all racial segregation on Montgomery public buses-- just a small feat within the span of King's civil activist career.
While we won't detail every moment of King's illustrious career leading up to his assassination in 1968, we can say that he did leave his mark on the world, one that will not be forgotten. As we celebrate the day of his birth (January 15, 1929) on Martin Luther King Day, we've taken the time to compile some iconic images of Mr. King as well as inspirational quotes, of which he had many.