Leading by Example — Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, on the birthday of one of the most inspirational and perceptive thinkers and leaders of our time, let us take the time to reflect on some of the wisdom imparted to us by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Forgive your enemies, love instead of hate, and never, ever stay silent about issues that matter.  To fight for freedom does not necessitate violence, but does necessitate fierce commitment, focus, integrity, courage, and strength to endure the obstacles and opposition along the way.  The following are some important quotes from MLK:

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“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.'”

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. 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.”

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

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

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