Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, Jan­u­ary 20 2014, Amer­ica and the wider world cel­e­brates the life and teach­ings of Mar­tin Luther King Jr. This day is cel­e­brated as Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Day. It is cel­e­brated annu­ally on the third Mon­day in Jan­u­ary. In cel­e­bra­tion of this day, we will share some of King’s quotes.

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

“Faith is tak­ing the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

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

“In the end, we will remem­ber not the words of our ene­mies, but the silence of our friends.”

“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.”

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a bur­den to bear.”

“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.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Intel­li­gence plus character-​that is the goal of true education.”

“A man who won’t die for some­thing is not fit to live.”

“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.”

“Those who are not look­ing for hap­pi­ness are the most likely to find it, because those who are search­ing for­get that the surest way to be happy is to seek hap­pi­ness for others.”

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”

“Injus­tice any­where is a threat to jus­tice everywhere.”

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

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michae­lan­gelo 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.”


“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

“I have a dream that one day lit­tle black boys and girls will be hold­ing hands with lit­tle white boys and girls.”

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