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10 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes that are Still Inspirational Today

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In all the excitement over a free Monday off of work or school and amazing sales at your favorite stores it’s easy to forget the real reason for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. is most well-known for his contribution to the struggle for racial equality. Most people know of his “I Have a Dream” speech and its importance to the African American community. But what some people do not know is that King’s words are about more than just the equality of black and white Americans. His words are relevant to people of all races. To anyone who has ever been oppressed and anyone who has ever been the oppressor. We all have something to learn from King: that love and hope will always conquer hate; that life is not about what you can do for yourself, it’s about what you can do for others; and that you must always keep faith no matter what life throws your way.

Here’s ten amazing Martin Luther King Jr. quotes to inspire you:


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that
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We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
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Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others
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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend
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Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.
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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase
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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
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope
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Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes