25 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes To Inspire Greatness In Your Child

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday that celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America through greater equality for all people, regardless of race.

Today, we celebrate the timeless virtues he taught by looking to his ground-breaking words that are just as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago.

As a man who stood by truth, justice, compassion, and courage, his character and leadership inspire our daily lives. On this holiday, read through 25 inspirational quotes that will inspire your child for greatness and promote standing up for equality.

25 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Inspire Greatness

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 25 inspirational quotes that will inspire your child for greatness and promote standing up for equality.

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“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.’”

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“I have decided to stick with love. . . . Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

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“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”

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“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

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“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

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“Mother Dear, one day I’m going to turn this world upside down.”

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 “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.”

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“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

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“The time is always right to do right.”

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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is no gain without struggle.”

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“It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.”

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“The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.”

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“Hate destroys the hater.”

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 “The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open.”

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We hope you are left inspired by these famous quotes! If you need additional materials to help promote the holiday in your classroom or home, check out some of our additional materials for MLK day:

Sources:

“Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes (Author of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.).” Goodreads. Goodreads. Accessed December 5, 2019. https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_?page=1.

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