Today we celebrate the birthday of a great leader who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Passion, committed, driven and inspiration are just a few words that describe Dr. Martin Luther King. Just the mention of his name stirs up images of powerful leadership.
He was one of the greatest leaders in history as he fought tirelessly against racial inequality.
Those of you who know me know that I love to read and study anything to do with leadership. I am challenged and intrigued by Dr. King.
Here are quite a few of my favorites quotes below from Dr. King:
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“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.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
“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.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“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.”
“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.