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Celebrating MLK Day

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the federal holiday observed on the third Monday each January, here are 10 of his inspiring quotes that are just as inspiring today.  


"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."  -Stride Toward Freedom, 1958


"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." -Strength to Love, 1963


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -"Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963


"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." -"I Have A Dream" speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963


“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” -"I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -Strength to Love, 1963


"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." -Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964


“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Oberlin College commencement speech, 1965


“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” -Speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967


“For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.” -“I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech, April 3, 1968


Source: Biography.com
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