5 Memorable Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes To Live By

Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy is one that will stand the test of time. His values and his sheer tenacity to stand up what’s right helped shape American history, and taught future generations to bring positive change to the world no matter what adversity you face.

There is perhaps no one more deserving of a national day of observance more than Dr. King because he rose to prominence by creating a movement held together by peace, love, and understanding. It was through his resilience, passion, and uncompromising beliefs that he was able to inspire millions of people all across the United States of all different backgrounds, skin colors, etc. to acknowledge the wrongs brought against African-American citizens in the United States and materialize in a way to reach the masses and make positive change.

While so much was made possible by the actions of Martin Luther King, there is still a lot of progress to reach full levels of equality, not just in the United States, but around the world. It’s ultimately up to us to align our dreams and stay focused along the way so we can live up to the ideals of Martin Luther King.

The memory of Dr. King and his impact on society will always be acknowledged, but it’s up to society to ensure that we carry ourselves based on the values he taught. Even though Dr. King died 50 years ago, the great thing about a legacy is that it doesn’t have to die.

Take a look at some of the quotes we’ve picked below that help remember Dr. King on this important day. Then think about how you can align your ambition to spread positive change in your life and the lives of others.

We may have all come from different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

This quote is a call for empathy, which we can truly never have enough of. Dr. King was able to successfully call attention to the issues facing African-Americans because he was able to bridge a divide through empathy. He helped people become aware of just how hard it was to grow up black in the United States.

Today, there seems to be an infinite amount of factors that separate us that cause us to only value our own story. We have to do the work if we truly want to understand one another, but if we take some time to empathize with one another, we realize that a lot of us aren’t so different.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding of people of ill will.

Many people know right from wrong, but how many of us act on it? How many of us are willing to speak up and stand for what’s right? It can be challenging to speak up, but it’s what has to be done in order for us to get as close to Dr. King’s hope for the world. Dr. King and numerous civil rights activists gave their lives for this cause with the hope that future generations could right some of the wrongs from earlier ones. A lot of progress has been made, but there is so much more that needs to be done in order to make the world a more harmonious place to live. Once you make that initial effort to speak up, you’ll see how incredible it feels to step off the sidelines.

 If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. Whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

This quote can be applied to any of your goals in life. No matter what you want to accomplish, you have to do so by any means necessary. Dr. King faced numerous obstacles while leading the Civil Rights movement. He was arrested numerous times and was often subject to violence despite protesting peacefully. Of course, Dr. King eventually paid the ultimate price for what he believed in, but he knew the risks and a found a way to keep moving.

No matter what change you’re trying to bring to your life, there will always be something standing in your way. A lot of the time you may have to overcome the barriers that you created, but you can always find a way past them if you work hard enough.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

What Dr. King is telling us here is that we have the power to overcome any of the adversity that we face, and that we can’t let despair get in the way of our dreams. The United States was torn apart when Dr. King was assassinated. There was a feeling of tremendous loss and bitterness by those who revered him.

However, even through the sadness felt by so many, Dr. King still gave humanity a blueprint to move forward. He inspired so many to take action and change the course of history. Long after Dr. King was gone, there are still people working tirelessly to make sure we get closer to his vision about what the world can stand for. We must always keep hope alive.

 Dr. King during the famous voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

Dr. King is calling for everyone to live out their dream and try harder than anyone. If everyone brings as much conviction to their goals as Dr. King did, there can be a massive amount of change brought to the world. While it will be quite tough to be known as the best person to achieve a particular goal, working towards your goal your conviction with the desire to be the best can help you seek your ultimate potential.

There is so much to admire about Martin Luther King Jr. Whether it was his unflinching beliefs in the face of hardship, his incredible ambition, or his love for humanity, we are celebrating someone who deservedly belongs at the forefront of positive figures in American history. Find a way to honor Dr. King in some way. Set the stage to bring positive change in your life, be kind, or help someone in need.

All of us will be outlived by our legacy, so we better make it count.