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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. through his words

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often talked about components of civility. These are quotes of his I particularly like….dealing with love, self-esteem, respect, integrity, kindness and citizenship.

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo 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.”

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”

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


Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader and Baptist minister (1929 – 1968)