10 of Martin Luther King's Most Inspiring Quotes

Words on love, power and peace

Jan 21, 2013

Image by Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer. From the Library of Congress. Published under a Creative Commons license.

A prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a national icon revered for his tremendous impact in the history of African Americans.
In time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed this year on Monday, January 21, the following is a collection of some of the legend's most inspirational quotes, which together capture his ardent faith in justice and peace.

1.
ON THE POWER OF LOVE
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

2. 
ON TOGETHERNESS
"We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

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ON THE MEANING OF PEACE
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."

4. 
ON LEADERSHIP
"Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus."

5. 
ON HARMONY
But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.

6. 
ON DOING WHAT’S RIGHT
"The time is always right to do what’s right."

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ON REAL VALUE
"What doth it profit a man to gain the whole world of means - airplanes, televisions, electric lights -and lose the end: the soul?"

8. 
ON POWER
"I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

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ON LOVING YOUR ENEMIES
"It is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.

10. 
ON BROTHERHOOD
"The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold."

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