INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
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“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
FORGIVENESS

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
HARD WORK

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
HOPE

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
LOVE

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase. ”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
OPTIMISM

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

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
PERSEVERANCE

“Our children need our presence, not our presents.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
RESPONSIBILITY

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
UNITY

“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
UNITY

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity. ”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
HELPING OTHERS

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. ”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
LITERACY

“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. ”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
VISION

“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.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
FORGIVENESS

“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.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
JUSTICE

“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 verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MINISTER, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
HELPING OTHERS