In honour of Martin Luther King Jnr. Day, here are 25 of his most inspiring quotes about the pursuit of justice for all:

  1. “A Church that has lost its voice for justice is a Church that has lost its relevance in the world.”
  2. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
  3. "We may all have come from different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
  4. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
  5. "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."
  6. “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."
  7. "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."
  8. “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"
  9. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” 
  10. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
  11. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  12. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
  13. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  14. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.   This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  15.  “It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”
  16. “A right delayed is a right denied.”
  17.  “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
  18. “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice."
  19. “Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  20. “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American 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.'”
  21. “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
  22. "We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad."
  23. “Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose... one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites --- polar opposites --- so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love... What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
  24. "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
  25. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters.”
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