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January 19, 2014
 

14 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

In the spirit of MLK Day, here are 14 of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. On this special day let's remember they were spoken by a man who changed the world with his words and actions. As we read them let’s think about ways we can live them.

MLKLOVE

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.'

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

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

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"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."

HOPE

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

SERVICE

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."

UNITY and EQUALITY

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

EXCELLENCE

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

What's your favorite MLK Jr. quote and why? Share on my blog, Facebook or Twitter.

-Jon

*Martin Luther King, Jr. photo by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. Source: Library of Congress.

Photo believed to be public domain.

 

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