Today is the day we “officially” honor his words and deeds; although these quotes should serve to inspire and motivate us throughout the year. As befits the Age of Aquarius which was set in motion by The Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020, many of these have an Aquarian feel to them – symbolizing humanitarianism, freedom, idealism, and social change.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
A lie cannot live.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.
The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself.
- Martin Luther King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Morehouse College) at the age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
- His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor. This was not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.
- His house was bombed during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 385 days.
- Despite being only 39 when he passed away, one of his doctors noted that he had “the heart of a 60 year old”.
- Today over 700 streets in the Unites States are named after Martin Luther King Jr. There is one such street in almost every major city.
- King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
- King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
- The King family won a 1999 civil law suit which found U.S. Government Agencies guilty in his assassination.
- King’s mother was also slain by a bullet in 1974.
- George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the only other Americans to have had their birthdays observed as a national holiday (now combined as Presidents Day).