Commemorating the birth of Dr King

Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 by Travis Cody in

Civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr, was born 15 January 1929. These are some of the things he said or wrote.

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

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

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence."

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

These words were all spoken or written more than 40 years ago, and yet they still resonate. I believe that words do have power because of the strength of conviction behind them.

Today I honor the memory of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, but I try to live by his words every day.

The quotes come from The Quotations Page.


  1. Akelamalu says:

    A truly great man!

  1. Jean says:

    He was a good man. A true leader and inspiration to us all!

  1. a great posting for a great man.

  1. He was an incredible wordsmith. Loved this post. Thank you,

  1. Jeni says:

    Most definitely one of the greatest men ever to choose to emulate, Travis. Something we should all try to do.