Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day designed to honor one of the 20th century’s greatest civil rights leaders. Known for heading up the Montgomery Bus Boycott, delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and forever impacting racial relations in the United States, there’s no denying that Dr. King has cemented his place in history.
Because King was such a prolific writer and speaker, he left behind a long list of inspiring and thought-provoking quotes about everything, from good vs. evil to the nature of man, to the importance of perseverance. Here are a few of our favorite quotes to ponder on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Whether you have big goals for the new year, or simply want to kickstart a project or personal resolution that’s been sitting on the sidelines, take Dr. King’s advice and get started today.
“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.”
A model of selflessness, Dr. King devoted his life to improving the lives of others and believed that life only truly began when spent in service to others.
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
This quote is pretty simply stated: according to Dr. King, a long life filled with dissatisfaction or boredom pales in comparison to a shorter life packed with quality experiences. What kind of life are you living?
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Ever notice how anger robs you of your energy faster than love or compassion? Dr. King realized this and chose to ignore those who incited hate or violence, in favor of those who lived with love and hope.
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
Though Dr. King is a revered civil rights leader now, during his lifetime, he experienced more than his fair share of backlash. But, King never let these circumstances dissuade him from pursuing his dreams.
Inspiration can come from anywhere – just ask the team at Lakes at North Port Apartments in North Port, Florida. By passing along this information, we hope to inspire you with new ideas, projects, and goals, too.