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11 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes To Honor MLK Day Today & Everyday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a revolutionary human rights leader. The impact he’s had on this country and the world still resonates today, even 48 years after his untimely death. He was, and continues to be, an inspiration to everyone, showing through both his words and actions what it means to be a true leader and humanitarian. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., let's reflect on his words with some Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that will inspire you today and always.

King is, of course, most famously quoted for his "I Have a Dream" speech. This address is a beautiful sentiment, full of powerful lines and moments, which is why it has gone down in history as one of the most important orations of all time. But "I Have a Dream" is not the only time that King's words were full of motivation, grace and vigor. Throughout his life, King was quoted on many important topics, and though these lines often take a backseat to the words of "I Have a Dream," they are just as potent and moving. Even though these quotes are lesser known, they are still sure to fill you with inspiration, and leave you feeling empowered.

"The time is always right to do what is right."

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."

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

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

"If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

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

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

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