Today, Monday, January 16, 2023, is Martin Luther King Day. On my editorial calendar I wrote – What can we learn from Dr. Martin Luther King? I had a general idea about what I wanted to share. I wanted to explain I’m a product of the 1960s, who like many of my generation, was influenced by Dr. King’s initiatives. He demonstrated how to live as a committed contributing person in our society, not as a black, white, red, or yellow person, but as a person. He showed us how one person could make a difference. I can think of no better way to express those lessons than with Dr. King’s own words, words of love from Dr. Martin Luther King.

Words of Love from Dr. Martin Luther King

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

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

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

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“We must use time creatively.”

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.”

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

His Lessons of Love are Universal  

Reflecting on Dr. Kings actions, achievements, and his words I am proud of the lessons I have learned and hopeful for the areas I find myself lacking. If you’d like to read more quotes from Dr. King go to Martin Luther King Jr’s beliefs and values.

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