17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Inspire Greatness in You


Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta. Getty Images.

Did you know that one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s advisers had recommended that he leave out the “I have a dream” phrase for his historic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963? Luckily, King ignored that recommendation.

King wasn’t just known for the change he helped facilitate across the United States. He was also known for his powerful oration and ability to motivate people. He had a dream, and so do you. Here are 17 inspirational quotes to help you remember the power of a vision in honor of MLK Day 2017.

  1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
  2. “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
  3. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  4. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  5. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”
  8. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
  9. “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
  10. “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
  11. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  12. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
  13. “Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”
  14. “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”
  15. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”