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Words of Wisdom - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Words of Wisdom - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday signed into law by President Reagan in 1983.

It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of Dr. King's birthday, January 15th.

In addition to being a minister, a PH.D., a great interview, a philosopher, a strategist, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a civil rights activist, and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient - Dr. King was a quiet man who had a gentle way with words that could touch the average person very deeply.

 

Here are some examples of Dr. King’s work from his essays, speeches and writings – which of his famous quotes (from here or elsewhere) do you think are most persuasive or memorable, and why?

  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

  • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

  • "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

  • "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

  • "Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude."

  • "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

 

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  • kfraccio By kfraccio
    01.14.15  

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness"......is my favorite -

  • Kay3131 By Kay3131
    01.14.15  

    "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." - is my favorite

  • shannonmdavis72912 By shannonmdavis72912
    01.14.15  

    Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it's a permanent attitude! The people closest to me hurt me often and if I'm not careful I'll get bitterness in my heart. I have to forgive all the time.

  • beaniebaby70 By beaniebaby70
    01.14.15  

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Pure brilliance

  • JetsJewelry By JetsJewelry
    01.14.15  

    "Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude" I am always preaching this to to son. He has a problem with letting go and holding on to anger and hurt.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    01.15.15  

    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Wow. Inspires me to take a chance on doing new things I've been afraid to try.

  • HPan210 By HPan210
    01.15.15  

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." There are so many issues in the world today its important to look at the positives and try to drive out that darkness that people feel and hear about. Its also important to drive out the hate that some people have and the only way to do that is to love

  • cheryllo By cheryllo
    01.15.15  

    "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."

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