On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the brave individuals in the past who have propelled our country into a deeper understanding of equal rights and, ultimately, love. On this day we are reminded to be advocates of love and ambassadors for justice.
Here are ten of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most iconic quotes to remember on this holiday. While there are many more quotes that could be put into an "iconic" category, these are a few of the Faith Family America team favorites.
Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes:
"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
"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."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear."
"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."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality...I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
What quote is your favorite? What would you add to this list? Let us know! In other recent news, Sen. Rand Paul just revealed what Trump really thinks about Haiti amid blazing accusations.