Martin Luther King Jr., is a legend who needs no introduction. He is the definition of alignment, as he practiced what he preached – day in and day out. His life was not dedicated to fame, fortune or popularity – it was dedicated to justice and impact. MLK will always be remembered as someone who fought hate with love – and won. Who fought violence with peace – and won. And who successfully provided light in the darkest of places. He used his words and actions to change the thinking and behavior of millions. Not to mention, he never let the fear of anything..even death, get in his way, slow him down or distract him from his mission. He is a true inspiration.
There are so many amazing quotes by MLK, but I decided to focus on 11. Here are 11 of the BEST (in my humble opinion) MLK quotes to live by!
“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.”
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
“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.”
“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.”
“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.
Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
“We have flown the air like birds and swam the sea like fish, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
Which one is your favorite? If you had to read one everyday in the morning, which one wold you choose? How can we included more love and service into our days, and into our lifestyle?
More power to you all!
Jeffrey I. Moore
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