For most of us, when we think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we think of the iconic “I have a dream” speech. Many of us can quote portions of it and we probably read the words with Dr. King’s voice in our minds but he had words of wisdom, far beyond “I have a dream”, that we still desperately need today.
You may find it disheartening that we are still fighting some of the same battles over 50 years after Dr. King left this earth (I know I do!), but we should teach our kids to believe in the “infinite hope” that one day Dr. King’s Dream will be fully realized and each of us can play a part in making this world a better place.
Here are 15 MLK quotes that I think all kids should learn and get into their hearts!
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
“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.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“The ultimate tragedy is not oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“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.
“Only in the darkness can you see stars".
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”