In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK) and keeping within a theme dear to my heart, reading, I got to thinking about the book MLK wrote. Through a community marriage group that my husband and I used to attend, a friend of ours, Ray, once talked passionately about the book written by Martin Luther King, Jr. The book is really inspirational from what I have heard. I was inspired just listening to Ray talk about the MLK book, so much so that I have added it to my list of books to read. On that note, MLK was truly a great man.
There are also some really great books about MLK for children ages 4+ to read, click here.
The following are some of my favorite quotes from him.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”
“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.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Here’s a gift idea, for a graduating student, why not gift the MLK book to inspire them. After all, according to a Jenkins Group survey, 42% of college graduates will never read another book. Wow!