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Life lessons through Martin Luther King Jr. quotes

In honor of Martin Luther King Day today, we look back to some of MLK’s wisdom shared. As a nation, we’ve come a long way, but we’ve got much work to do before we function as a more loving society, a more equal society. We honor MLK’s life and legacy by remembering his lessons beyond one of the most memorable speeches in our history.

Please take a moment to read some of MLK’s thoughts and lessons through quotes recorded below:

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

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.

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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

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

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

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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.

Happy birthday, Dr. King, we thank you for your amazing insight into this world and honor the life you gave simply so man would care for one another. A simple premise that eludes many to this day. God bless you.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Agent for Movoto

    January 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for posting. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” <– that one really hits home for me.

    • Lani Rosales

      January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Me too, I think it is a good reminder!! I find myself standing up quite a bit, however, I don’t always fight bigger fights that don’t impact me personally but impact the greater good.

  2. Bryan Thompson

    January 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    “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.” – one of my all time favorite quotes of all time! Thanks for posting!

    • Lani Rosales

      January 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      This exact MLK sentiment has kept me from boiling over dozens of times, seriously!!!

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