In tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. I am going to provide some of my favorite quotes from a man whose legacy will live on. Enjoy and pass them along if you wish.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
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 develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together