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MLK Quotes That Bring Hope

Martin Luther King Jr was well known for his stirring oratory that helped bring about significant change in our nation’s history. As we grapple with a lingering pandemic, social unrest, and an uncertain future, MLK’s words are needed as much today as they were fifty-eight years ago when he made his famous “I have a dream” speech.

As we celebrate his legacy, I thought I would post a few of his quotes to inspire and encourage us to have hope.

“In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… 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.”

Did any of these stir something in your heart? Or maybe you have a favorite MLK quote not listed here. If so, just leave a comment in the box below and tell me what it is and why it’s your favorite.