Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. aren’t going to change your life, but some degree of mindfulness is necessary if you want to manage stress in the modern world.
As far as mindful, self-aware people go, Martin Luther King Jr. is near the top of the list.
Naturally, some of his words can inspire mindfulness in others.
Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. can also motivate, inspire, and cause you to think about things differently.
The more you think about things differently, the more likely you are to start taking different actions. Over time, taking different actions will change your life.
In a roundabout way, quotes can be an impetus for self improvement and change.
For example, one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. is: “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Not tomorrow, or next week, or next year. When you realize something is the right thing to do, the time do it is now.
Have you ever been silent when you really wanted to speak? Most people have at one point or another.
It’s usually due to a lack of confidence and the fear of being judged, rejected, or both. You might be the only one in a full room with a dissenting opinion, but you know it’s right.
Instead of speaking, you tell yourself (consciously or unconsciously) that you need to wait until you’ve perfected your argument.
The problem is, when you’re anxious to say or do something, waiting only makes you more anxious.
The longer you wait, the more anxious you’ll get, and the likelihood of never taking action increases.
Which brings me back to the quote by Martin Luther King Jr., “the time is always right to do what is right.”
Remembering a quote like this at the right time might push you to move forward. Instead of doing (or saying) nothing.
I’m not saying to make a habit of saying or doing things when you’re clearly unprepared.
However, when truth combined with passion hits at the right moment, you know it. And you need to share it.
At a high level, that’s what the quote means to me.
That particular quote by Martin Luther King Jr. might not have any significance for you, but chances are there are at least a few that will.
Check out the list below and see if some of the quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. resonate with you. If they do, commit them to memory and be sure to draw upon them when needed.
One of them could be just what you need at just the right time to help modify your thinking. Armed with new thoughts, have the courage to act on them and behave differently.
Over time, self improvement and change are inevitable.
Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. to inspire mindfulness:
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“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.”
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
“Seeing is not always believing.”
“Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right?”
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.”
“Mankind must put and end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”
“Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”
“You will change your mind and your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.”
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A lie cannot live.”
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
“Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”
“Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”