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My top 10 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr.

On this day I feel my words are inadequate and dull.  There is little I can add to the conversation.  So I leave you with the words of one of many people I admire. 

Here are ten of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King.  

"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
_Martin Luther King Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 Martin Luther King Jr. Quote

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

 

"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.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 

 "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 

"The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

 "Hate is too big of a burden to bear. I have decided to love.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

 

 “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

 

 "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

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