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MLK 2015Inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.*

MLK Day is celebrated this year on Monday, January 19, 2015.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Pastor, humanitarian and leader of the Civil Rights Movement.  He is best known for using nonviolent civil disobedience in his protests for the advancement of civil rights.  In 1963, he led the “March on Washington” where he gave the famous speech now known as the “I Have a Dream” speech.  King was not only a great orator but an inspirational leader as well. Born in Atlanta, there are many local resources where you may learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his beliefs and legacy.  Part of that legacy includes his inspiring words which can be applied not only to our lives but to our real estate business:

  • “I have a dream that one day my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
  • “No person has the right to rain on your dreams”
  • “We must accept finite disappointment but never give up infinite hope.”
  • “If you lose hope, somehow you use the vitality that keeps you moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go in spite of it all.  And so today, i still have a dream.”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.  A man should do his job so well, that the living, the dead and the unborn could do no better.”
  • “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.”
  • “Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.”
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.”
  • “We may have all come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.”
  • “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
  • “Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
  • “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.  This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
  • “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”
  • “Nonviolence means not only avoiding external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit.  You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
  • “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
  • “The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”
  • “Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.

* Quotes collected from several sources including www.archives.gov,   http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/martin_luther_king_jr.,

and http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_

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