Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Key Clubs around the world have long lists of all the ways they’re giving back, and we couldn’t be more thankful. As people celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service, here are some of our favorite quotes of his.

  • Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
  • 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.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
    No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
  • The time is always right to do what is right.
  • Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.
  • Only in the darkness can you see the stars.