Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those things that comes along every year and makes you think twice about life, the state of the world and who we all are as human beings. It never fails to hit me harder than the previous year. I think of all my friends: young and old; tall and short; all colors of the rainbow, speaking more languages than I can count and from backgrounds so widespread, I’ll never know every story about everyone.

But here we are in the year 2017, friends. I have never been one to think about people’s differences, but more about what we have in common, how we build friendships and make our relationships strong – and, that’s why the equality that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard for becomes more meaningful to me with each passing year.

Here’s to the people who keep his spirit alive. Here’s the ones that continue to stand up for peace. Here’s to all of us who love unconditionally beyond the color of anyone’s skin. Let’s honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as though he was still standing before us today with a handful of his famous quotes to get your mind working and your heart full.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Quotes to Remember

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

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

No person has the right to rain on your dreams.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

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.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

I have decided to stick to love … Hate is too great a burden to bear.

The time is always right to do what is right.

However you honor Martin Luther King Jr. this year, I hope it’s a day filled with love and empathy for you and those you hold dear. Do you have any special ways for reflecting on the values that this incredible man stood for?

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