Lesser Known MLK Quotes to Inspire Your Day


Today is a day that the nation calls on us to think of others, to relish not in the day off, but to knead our hands in the soil of service for a day on.

These lesser known quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself are a great way to start your practice of karma yoga.*


"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be... The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."

May we be brave, empathetic and compassionate towards not only ourselves and our tribes, but also to the Self that dwells in each of us and presents itself as "different" solely for the sake of the joy that comes with realizing we are not different at all.


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

Consider going somewhere you do not dwell, for your community service, and make a stranger your new BFF. That's the best way to keep our list of "enemies" short, and for us to allow the process of change to be an opportunity for all.

Then, after your day of philanthropic work, allow the transformation to occur within. Practice some asana with the free 7 day online MyYogaWorks challenge that starts today!


"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."

Remember, we would not feel heartache over the state of our union (whether it be our nationwide union, or the one we are seeking with our Self), if we were not head-over-heels with the desire to be "one."


"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

Keep calm and do peacework.


"It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it."

What are you willing to give of your day off on behalf of the greater good? Time, money, sweat, tears... it is not a sacrifice until we feel the shift of non-grasping (aparigraha) in ourselves.


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