Today we remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King not only for what he accomplished in the Civil Rights arena, but for the way he empowered Americans to stand tall in unity and be their best selves. Not only for themselves, but for each other. Decades after Dr. King showed us the path to fulfilling the American dream of love, inclusion and peace, some celebrities carry on his legacy by inspiring others. With grit, determination and "can do" attitude, they've changed the game in exemplary ways and dropped some gems that we should all pay close attention to.
Although it may be tempting to feel defeated with everything going on socially, politically or just in everyday life, it's important to hold on to hope. We've got just a couple weeks left to our first month in 2017. Have you started off on the right foot? If not, get your mind right with these 8 inspiring quotes to help you reach your highest potential this year.
"A hashtag does not make you Dr. King. A hashtag does not change anything. It's a hashtag. It's you, sitting on your butt, typing on your computer and then going back to binge-watching your favorite show. I do it all the time. For me, it's Game of Thrones. Volunteer some hours. Focus on something outside yourself. Devote a slice of your energies towards making the world suck less every week.” - Dartmouth commencement speech
"I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose... When you connect with that love and that compassion, that's when everything unfolds." - Brainy Quotes
“You gotta water your plants. Nobody can water them for you.” - An inspirational message for Jeb Bush
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - Goodreads
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." - from a 2013 speech at Harvard
“Excuses sound best to the person that’s making ’em up!” - YouTube sermon
“I don’t have big dreams. I just want to be here in five years, breathing and doing what I love to do. I just need to be free to tell my stories from my spirit, my heart…unrestricted. Life is fleeting. If we could be here doing what we love to do, that is success.” - Essence
"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." - Speaking to young women in South Africa
Dr. Martin Luther King
“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. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” - From his 1963 book, Strength to Love
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