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10 Pearls of wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr.


RIA Novosti | Sputnik via AFP

Cerith Gardiner - published on 01/21/19 - updated on 01/16/22

Some of his best quotes can inspire us today to be better and work for a more loving and just world.

As the United States celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (his actual birthday is January 15), it’s an ideal time to look to this iconic American figure for some timely wisdom. King’s dreams for a better world are just as pertinent today as they were nearly half a century ago as we continue to face various challenges to human dignity and equality in society and in our own lives. 

Below you’ll find some of King’s powerful words and thoughts which may help bring some perspective and beauty to your own life.


Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”


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.”

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

Life’s most persistent and urgent message is what are you doing for others.”


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.”

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

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