I never bore of reading everything I can about his life and legacy. It always seems to stir a deeper desire in me to love every human being more, and as my brother and sister.
In honor of MLK today, I’ve compiled below his voice and thoughts which have influenced me the most over the years. His courage to give his life to confronting the evil of inequality has inspired so many of us. He also taught us what it looks like to do so in the name of love and not violence.
Thanks MLK for making me a better man and the world a better place!
The Journey Of Equality Moves On…
“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “
“Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek; an ‘eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“We must use time creatively.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”