12 Best Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes Every Kid Should Know


Martin Luther King Jr. is well remembered for leading the African American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and ’60s to end segregation (the separation of black people from white people in schools, restaurants, and other public places in the U.S.). He fought for equal rights and fair treatment for people of all races or skin colors. Here are 12 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes for children which will instill good values in your kids.

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12 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes that Instill Values in Children

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Quote: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Kids can learn treating all the people the way they want to be treated; with kindness and fairness. May be we all are different from each other is some ways, but we all are same in so many ways. So, it tells about not to discriminate people based on their color or race.

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


This will teach them to continue with confidence and hope in their life even if the situations are pretty bad. Always believe in yourself and don’t let worry take over when the situations are getting difficult.

Quote: “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

Not every conflict is fought with violence. There is no other powerful weapon than non-violence. Try to solve conflicts peacefully without hurting someone. As it is said “Pen is mightier than sword”; let your words make things better.

Quote: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”

Choose things in which you have interest in. Word hard in school and pursue the things which you are passionate about. Make a daily habit of reading books that interest you.

Quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


Doing the exact bad things that people did to you is not the best way of life. You have to be helpful to others even if they don’t. Use your energy in helping others and loving yourself.

Quote: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

Be a leader; in your classroom, club or sports team. Always feel confident in yourself, show good sportsmanship.

Quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Don’t be selfish. Remember what you have done for the sake of others. Helping hands are better than praying hands. Volunteer in charity events and extend your helping hand to others. The joy of helping others is beyond words.

Quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”


When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Remember that lot of successful people also gone through hard times at some point of their life. Accept what is happening and never lose hope on the future. There are always better days ahead.

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Quote: “The time is always right to do what is right”

You need not wait for the time to come for doing right things. The time will be always right if you are doing the right thing in your life.

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

Friends are the ones who will be supporting you all the time in all sorts of things. Never let the situations to create a gap between your friends. Love always.


Quote: “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

We always look at things with only perspective. We should always try to see and understand things which are beyond our reach.

Quote: “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
You should always raise your voice for what is right. Never be afraid to tell what is right. Remaining neutral at times where you need to raise your voice will also make you part of the bad things. Stand firm and be courageous for the right things.

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