Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. - 10 quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January to honor the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The American federal holiday remembers the nonviolent activism of King and his successful protest against racial discrimination. The holiday came into existence after King's death -- he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. King was the first African-American to be named Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1963 and was the youngest man to be presented the Nobel Peace Prize at the young age of 35. 

Fun fact: There are more than 900 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr in the United States.
  1. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. "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." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. "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." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  6. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. "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." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  9. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10. "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." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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