10 Quotes to Live By from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American minister and social activist who played a major role in the civil rights movement in the 1950's and 60's, advocating for equality and human rights for African Americans, as well as all victims of injustice and the economically disadvantaged until his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and is now remembered each year on his birthday as a U.S. Federal holiday. 

It's people like Dr. King who inspire us to do the work that we do. 

Here are 10 Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes that inspire us to have hope, to love, to keep pushing forward and to be better human beings:


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

  2. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

  3. “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

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

  5. “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.”

  6. “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.”

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

  8. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

  9. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

  10. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."