He was often compared with Mahatma Gandhi but King didn't like that comparison because he said their methods were different. King practiced nonviolence but it was not the same as Gandhi's passive resistance. Once someone was telling King that Ghandi had begun yet another of his seemingly endless fasts to try to achieve his aims.
King listened, then jokingly commented "I guess he's never tasted barbecue."
While not exactly a noble quote with which to remember him, I think it brings out the humanity and humor of the man.