Jan 21, 2019

Inspiring Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King was a minister and activist who was the most visible leader and spokesperson in the civil rights movement.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace in 1964. 

He was an incredible, inspiring communicator.  His powerful speeches and sermons swayed the nation and inspired millions to seek racial justice and equality.  He worked for harmony among all people. His tragic death shocked the nation, but his words and his dedication to equality continue to inspire generations.

Today we honor his memory by sharing some of his most memorable quotes. 

"Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve."

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

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

"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."

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

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

"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.”

"Only in darkness can you see the stars."

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

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.  You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

“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.”

The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”

Interesting Facts About Dr. King:

Martin Luther King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college at the age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor. This was not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.

His house was once bombed. This was during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 385 days.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s autopsy revealed that stress had taken a major toll on his body. Despite being only 39 when he passed away, one of his doctors noted that he had “the heart of a 60 year old.”

Today over 700 streets in the Unites States are named after Martin Luther King Jr. There is one such street in almost every major city.

King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.

George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.

What is your favorite quote by Dr. King?  How does his life and mission inspire you?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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