As a little boy attending elementary school in Needham, Massachusetts, I always borrowed two books from the Mitchell School library. One of those books gave a history of the Boston Celtics, my favorite basketball team, and the other book was a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the Civil Rights leaders of the 1950s and 60s.
Even though I was hardly ten years old at that time, I was able to grasp the importance of Dr. King’s great struggle for justice and equality in the US. My admiration for him was also why, as a boy and teenager, I always wanted to become friends with my African-American peers.
More recently, in the summer of 2013, I watched an RTÉ special on Dr. King’s famous “March to Washington.” Without a doubt, he still has an immense power over my heart, mind, and soul. The “I Have a Dream” speech still bring tears to my eyes.
Today, January 20th, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day in the US. To commemorate this exceptional man, I turn to ten quotes of Dr. King in the hope of inspiring you to follow his noble ways.
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
“We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.”
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity.”
“… it is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.”
“If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence.”
“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”
“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.”