Today we’re celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with some of his most memorable and inspirational quotes.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace—a soul generated by love.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
To learn more about the work of Dr. King, visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Originally published Jan 16, 2017, updated Aug 11, 2020