Sometimes it’s easy to turn a blind eye to injustices when they have become part of the society we live in.
So when one man not only made a stand in his local community, but to his entire country, his influential words filtered throughout the world and are still just as powerful as they were some fifty years ago when they were first voiced.
Martin Luther King, Jr. preached to us to turn our backs on hatred and lead forward with love, acceptance, equality and honor. When looking back on his famous words, the last of which were spoken in 1968 before he was assassinated (for having these very beliefs), it’s interesting to consider how far we’ve come.
Present wars and injustices in the world will reveal that we still have a long way to go, however in some respects we’ve made great strides. However, we can still learn a tremendous amount from his words with regards to the way choose to live our lives and treat others.
Here are some of our favorite messages to humanity Martin Luther King, Jr. shared through his purpose to make the world a better place.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“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 time is always right to do the right thing”
“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.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“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.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
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