I’ve been reflecting lately on what I can do to further impact my local community and the world at large. I don’t yet know the answer to that question, but I feel that the right opportunity will manifest the moment the timing is right. It feels appropriate on this MLK Day to look to Dr. King for inspiration through his words, so here is a round-up of some of quotes by Dr. King that inspire hope and action.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
More from Dr. King: Letter from a Birmingham Jail | I Have a Dream Speech | Our God is Marching On