Once in a rare while words can truly make a difference in our world, and Martin Luther King quotes are testimony to this fact. As the date of his birth quickly approaches, let us remember the greatness of this man with 12 enlightening Martin Luther King quotes to remember. 1. "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." 2. "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." 3. "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.
" 4. "We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 5. "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." 6. "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.
" 7. "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." 8. "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
" 9. "Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'" 10. "Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam.
I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.
The initiative to stop it must be ours." 11. "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
" 12. "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." Martin Luther King Jr. was a brave man, and I don't use the word "brave" lightly.
He stood up in the face of controversy to defend what he believed in. He sacrificed greatly to make changes in a world that desperately needed them. This month, when we remember him on the day of his birth, let these twelve Martin Luther King quotes remind us of what he stood for and all that we still need to learn.
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