27 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quotes that are still true and resonate in today’s world.

Today we celebrate and remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. | Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia | Died (Assassinated) April 4, 1968 (aged 39) Memphis, Tennessee.

Following are 27 quotes that, if still alive, he could have as easily said about our world today:

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
  • “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win, and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
  • “The more there are riots, the more repressive action will take place, and the more we face the danger of a right-wing takeover and eventually a fascist society.”
  • “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • “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.”
  • “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
  • “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
  • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
  • “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.”
  • “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  • “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “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 all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  • “When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”
  • “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
  • “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”
  • “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
  • “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

And finally, one of his most famous and visionary quotes, still sadly unrealized today:

  • “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.”

 

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6 Responses to 27 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quotes that are still true and resonate in today’s world.

  1. Tinner January 18, 2021 at 7:55 pm #

    Powerful stuff right there.

     
  2. Came A Man January 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm #

    Thank you KSRW and Mr. James!

    In these troubled times we need so much to hear the words of this true and courageous American patriot!

    God bless you!

     
    • Came A Man January 20, 2021 at 7:31 am #

      7 votes down.

      What bugs you?

      That I said we are going through troubled times?

      That I called MLK an American patriot?

      That I said he was courageous?

      That I invoked God in thanking KSRW for honoring him?

      Or was it simply the sight of his dignified Black face?

      Just wondering.

       
      • David Dennison January 20, 2021 at 9:34 am #

        Came A Man
        It’s the “new America”,where,at least in the last 4 years it was again O.K. and accepted by about 35 % to see Martin Luther King,among other African Americans that spoke out as “rebels,tyrants and trouble makers”..like it was seen back in the 50’s and 60’s.
        But judging from the November 2020 election results,AND from what I’m watching right now with the 2021 inauguration going on,that’s all about to change,along with a lot of other things,including a pipeline tearing through the wilderness and Native American Land and burial sites and a “wall”(that Mexico was supposed to pay for ) being built that’s about to come to a screeching halt.

         
    • Tinner January 20, 2021 at 8:57 pm #

      Came A Man,
      What you’re really asking is how anyone can anyone possibly disagree with you, right?
      It’s that sort of moral superiority or intolerance that is partially the cause for the “troubled times” we are in right now.
      Who cares? Accept that not everyone is gonna agree with you all the time and carry on.

       
  3. Leigh Shambo January 18, 2021 at 3:20 pm #

    “Love is not the answer, it’s the assignment.” – MLK

     

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