In His own Words

MLK Jr

Martin Luther King Jr pleaded with us to make the world a better place. Raised in a world that must have felt overwhelming and ultimately uncontrollable, he taught us to stand and fight. Not just to fight because we feel we can win, but because it is right to stand. Today we give special remembrance to a man who changed the world with his passion, rhetoric, and reason. And ultimately it was his faith in the goodness that existed within mankind which gave rise to the society that we now have. He fought for the dream that we now get to live a piece of, yet, continually fight to maintain and promote.

Here are just a few quotes that have inspired me along my own journey – and there are just so many incredible phrases to choose from:

“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.”

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

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

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

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

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

“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.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“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.”

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”

“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.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” 

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