Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Day and His Best Quotes

If you are here in America, today is Martin Luther King Day. It's nice to have an extra day off on the weekend, but MLK day is a wonderful time to remember a great man. Martin Luther King is one of my heroes and his brilliant teachings and words are even more relevant today than ever. With all the polarization going on in this world, we could learn a bit from him. He was anti-war and anti-hate. Wouldn't it be great if we were all that way? At least we can start the new year with that hope.

My favorite and the most inspiring quotes of Martin Luther King:

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” 

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” 

“I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.” 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” 

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” 

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

“the time is always right to do the right thing” 

“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.” 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” 

 I truly appreciate all  the liberties that we have and all Martin Luther King did and still stands for. We just need more people to have the guts to share the message of peace and love instead of hatred.



  1. Happy Monday and MLK Day!

    Congrats to the winners.

  2. Lovely and fitting tribute. A former coworker annually rode the Freedom Train via Caltrain with her family and friends, from San Jose to San Francisco for MLK festivities in the city - might be something for you to consider as a special outing with the kids one year. I always love listening to MLK's "I have a dream" speech - so inspiring for anyone!

  3. Kim~you captured the essence of the day perfectly. As a former teacher and educator I think it is so essential to impart the meaning of this day to children. Wonderful!
    xx, Heather