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Martin Luther King Jr Day Quotes and Sayings Beyond “I have a Dream”

Martin Luther King Jr Day quotes and sayings go beyond simply his iconic “I have a dream” speach.  Martin Luther King Jr was a very important part of the Civil Rights movement, and did a lot to ensure that people were judged based on the “content of their character” rather than the “color of their skin.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while in Memphis on April 4, 1968.  The site of his assassination has been turned in to the National Civil Rights Museum and many flock to Memphis to see the last place where King was seen before he was killed.

Here are some of Martin Luther King Jr’s Inspirational and Prophetic quotes:

  • “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
  • “I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”
  • “I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
  • “I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.”
  • “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
  • “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream.”
  • “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
  • “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
  • “Today we know with certainty that segregation is dead. The only question remaining is how costly will be the funeral.”
  • “Will we march only to the music of time, or will we, risking criticism and abuse, march to the soul-saving music of eternity?”
  • “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
  • “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
  • Those interested in the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King should read the books “Parting the Waters”, “Pillar of Fire”, and “At Caanan’s Edge” by Taylor Branch.

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