MLK Quotes 2014: Here’s 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

January 20, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 20, and here’s a few choice quotes and sayings from the Civil Rights leader.

– “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

-”A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”

– “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.”

– “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

-”I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love.”

-”The reason I can’ t follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind.”

-”Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”

-”The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.”

-”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

– “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.”

-“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

– “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.”

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