Martin Luther King Jr. lived an extraordinary life. At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.  We honor Martin Luther King as he would have turned 87 years old.

MLK left us at a young age, never-the-less with many inspirational ideals.  Here are a just a handful of his deep and insightful thoughts…

-The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
 -Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
 -Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
 -I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
 -In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
 -We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
 -Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
 -Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.