10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am inspired by great leaders.  Leaders willing to die for a cause.  The great leaders are sacrificial servants.  One of the most inspiring leaders I have studied is Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here are ten of my most favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes from speeches and sermons.

10 Inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes -

#1 – A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

#2 – Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

#3 – 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.

#4 – A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

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

#6 – Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

#7 – To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

#8 – The time is always right to do what is right.

#9 – Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

#10 - Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

Which quote resonates with you the most? 



  • Philip Thomas

    Martin Luther King Jr was a great man and I really like his shared these 10 inspiring leadership quotes a lot. I like leaders because of they’re all time ready to sacrifice their happiness to achieve something good for their followers. Thanks.

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  • Robin Padanyi

    Hi Tim, great selection. I recently took out a collection of his sermons on CD from the library and was routinely inspired on my drive to work. Of the ones you’ve listed, Tim, I’d say say #5 – the daily challenge to choose the well being of others of the promotion of self. At a time when Christian leaders seen preoccupied with developing a strong brand for themselves and their church, we would do well to pause and ask if we’re living to promote ourselves or to uplift others.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Thanks Robin. #5 is one of my favorites!