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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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Notable MLK quotes

Celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with some of the most memorable MLK quotes.

Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ring as true today as they did during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's.

The tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. – though horrific – has reminded us why it's important to treat each other with kindness and respect. These virtues are all things Dr. King preached in his many landmark speeches.

Let's examine a few of Martin Luther King's famous quotes and apply them to our own lives – Dr. King would have wanted it that way.

Memorable MLK quotes

"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."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Dr. King understood that heroes are made during uncertain times. It's simple to wax poetic when times are easy, but it's not so easy when the times get tough.

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

"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."

This MLK quote speaks to the value of passion and hard work. If you decide to do something, make sure it's completed with the best of your ability, always.

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

"A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."

Martin Luther King Jr. understood that real change only comes about if you work for it. He lived his whole life by this standard. Are you living yours the same way?

These are just a few of the hundreds of notable MLK quotes. Take a few minutes today to read some of his inspirational words and see how you can apply them to your life.

What are some of your favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes?

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