Although Dr. King no longer walks among us, his words and ideas continue to inspire. On this day when we honor him and the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit, let us recall some of his words.
The following quotes are taken from the Newmarket Press book: The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. which I bought many years ago at the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on the center, go to
* "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."
* "Every man (and woman) must decide whether he (or she) will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?"
* "Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
* "Love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ, is the most potent instrument available in mankind’s quest for peace and security."
And two quotes from Gandhi, who inspired Martin Luther King Jr.
* "My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest."
*"In my humble opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good."
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