All The King’s Words: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Most Riveting Quotes was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. On Progress

On Progress

“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.”

2. On Faith

On Faith

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

3. On Living A Giving Life

On Living A Giving Life

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

4. On Injustice

On Injustice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

5. On Being Alive

On Being Alive

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

6. On Living

On Living

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

7. On Being A Man

On Being A Man

“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.”

8. On Playing Your Position

On Playing Your Position

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

9. On Salvation

On Salvation

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

10. On The Laws He Sought To Change

On The Laws He Sought To Change

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”

11. On Truth And Unconditional Love

On Truth And Unconditional Love

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

12. On Riots

On Riots

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”

13. On Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

14. On Oneness

On Oneness

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

15. On Ignorance

On Ignorance

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

16. On Doing The Right Thing

On Doing The Right Thing

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

17. On Love

On Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

18. On Love

On Love

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

19. On Injustice

On Injustice

“We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

20. On His Dream, That’s Now A Reality…Sort Of…

On His Dream, That’s Now A Reality…Sort Of…

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”

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