Salute to a King

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2017)

Across the country, the nation is paying tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who worked passionately to evoke people of all colors and walks of life to look at each other through a lens of love, respect and compassion.

Empower Magazine joins in the celebration with a look back at a list of this extraordinary civic rights leader’s profound quotes and sayings.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

“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.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Quote attributions: from the speeches, writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Salute to a King