My Favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

January 17, 2011

The past two years I have written blog posts to highlight Martin Luther King's birthday and his amazing leadership.

He was a leader who didn't need a formal position to lead.  He led a movement of people passionate about a cause, and he did that with integrity and influence.

This past year I read the book titled, Martin Luther King on Leadership by Donald Phillips.  It's a pretty good book that tells the biography of MLK while highlighting his leadership influence and principles.  The most amazing thing I learned is that MLK was depressed at times.  And several other times he considered quiting the Civil Rights Movement.

The stress, pressure, and unsafety he experienced really wore him down.  Even though he was extremely passionate about the Civil Rights Movement, he almost gave it all up.  However, millions of people are grateful today that he didn't.  And I believe our country is better because of what he did and the movement he led.

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday, I'd like to share with you some of my favorite leadership quotes from him.

Enjoy. . .

Even if the world ends tomorrow, I will plant my seed today.

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

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.1

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.1

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.1

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.1

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.2

1 Adapted from
2 Adapted from

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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5 responses to My Favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

  1. סידור הבית September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Every man should decide, walks in the light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness of passionate civil rights movement, has given up almost everything.

  2. I’m glad you all have enjoyed these quotes.

  3. Red Wing Footwear December 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  4. Thank you for sharing Martin Luther King’s quotes… keep it up!

  5. Thanks for your encouragement Ross.
    These are just a few of many great quotes from Dr. King.