I love a good quote – one that’s relatable and worthy of being shared on my newsfeed. Quotes resonate somewhere special and create insight into understanding ourselves.
A few of my all-time favorite quotes are by civil right leaders, who sought hope of creating an equal future for everyone. The words of civil rights activists are as relevant today as they were initially, creating inspiration for how to achieve greater personal fulfillment.
Here are five quotes from civil rights leaders that I think we can still relate to in society today – trust me, they’re insta worthy.
1. “If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” — Jesse Jackson
It’s important to strive for goals in life, but sometimes we get consumed by the nonsense. As humans, we get caught up in the hectic day-to-day stress. We get swallowed up by the rush and it is completely normal – we are human. Determination is what makes someone never give up. If you fall down, pick yourself up. Find the passion within you to create what you want in life. It’s an ongoing process that is constantly evolving.
2. “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Dang, Martin Luther King Jr. was on point with this quote. We live in a melting pot of different ethnicities, beliefs, values, cultures, languages… you name it. Being accepting and open to differences is a beautiful aspect of life. Loving someone takes a fraction of the time and energy it takes to hate. This quote teaches us to love everyone no matter what differences you share. It takes a lot of energy to hold onto stale hate.
3. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” — Rosa Parks
We live in a society that learns by observing others. We follow in each other’s footsteps, learning from and reacting to people’s actions. It’s important to lead by example because we never know who we might be motivating on a daily basis. Being a good role model is positive for the future, so set a good example for the upcoming generations.
4. “Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” — Malcolm X
Someone once told me anger is a great motivator. Even though it is important to bring positive energy to life, using an emotion to fuel motivation can spark change. If something bothers you, don’t mope around – use the emotion to do something about it.
5. “Love yourself, appreciate yourself, see the good in you… and respect yourself.” — Betty Shabazz.
This quote makes me happy. We tend to be our worst critics. There are a million other eyes in the world that see the beauty of us and we too often tend to forget this.