Martin Luther King
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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King known for his role in the civil rights movement using nonviolent civil disobedience. Martin was one of the people responsible who organized the 1963 March in Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. At that time he established a reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.

In the year 1965 Martin and the SCLC helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches and the following year, he took the movement north to Chicago. In his last years as a civil rights leader before being killed he expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War, where he alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled "Beyond Vietnam". This courageous leader and devoted to helping his people was assassinated in 1968. To commemorate and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. holiday we have put together a list of the 20 most inspiring quotes by Mr.King.

1- “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.”

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

3- “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

4- “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.”

5- “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.”

6- “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.”

7- “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

8- “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

9- “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

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

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

12- “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

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

14- “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

15- “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

16- “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

17- “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

18- “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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.”

19- “The time is always right to do what is right.”

20- “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

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