Martin Luther King, Jr's Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

By: Ken Streater | Leadership | Top Ten Lists

On this day, on any day, this man and his words are worth remembering and should be considered when you are deciding how to shape you life in order to make a difference.

1. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

2. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.

3. The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.

4. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

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. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

7. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

8. Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

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

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