Today, January 20 2014, America and the wider world celebrates the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. This day is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is commemorated annually on the third Monday in January. In celebration of this day, we will share some of King's quotes. 


“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”

“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.” 

“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.” 

“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.”

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

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

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

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” 

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” 




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

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

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

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

“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.” 

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

“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.” 

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” 

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” 

“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.”

Photos compliments The King Center