1.Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
2.There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.
3.Our nation is a rainbow – red, yellow, brown, black, and white – and we’re all precious in God’s sight.
4.You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
5.Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out.
6.“If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you. You don’t stop. You always look over your shoulder.”
7.Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
8.Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
9.Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
10.“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
11.“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”
12.I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
13.Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
14.Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.
15.There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.
16.You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
17.Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
18.“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.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
19.No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to flee and fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.
20.Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
21.You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
22.I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
23.I think if we are actually going to accept our generation’s responsibility, that’s going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents.
24.When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
25.Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
26.“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
27.I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.
28.You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
29.Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
30.It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
31.If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
32.History has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.
33.If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
34.I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
35.Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it. -Earl G. Graves, Sr.
36.I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. – Martin Luther King, Jr.