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Monday, January 16, 2006

 

Martin Luther King Jr.




In honor of the Memory of Marting Luther King Jr.

All of the following quotes are from Martin Luther king Jr.









"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."









"All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem."

"The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers."

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."



















"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."



















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

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important,"


"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict."



















"A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard."












"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."







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


"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" "










"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."

















"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
















"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."

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him."
Note from author: I will continue to TRY.




















"Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness."

"The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others,"

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

"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality."


"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."












"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."


















"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

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

"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation."

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
















"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

















"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"

















"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."



"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."

"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."

"I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."

11 Comments:

Anonymous Meredith said...

Brilliant post! Thank you so much!

2:49 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

Wow, what a superb post. You put a lot of work into saying a great deal with pictures.

4:05 PM  
Blogger DDM said...

Fan-frigging-tastic! Thank you for this, it is GREAT!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Best MLK post I've seen today! Thank you, Meghan!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

I totally want to make out with you now. This is unbelievably good.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

Wow! This is brilliant. You are one smart cookie, lady.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Rude Cactus said...

You are my person hero for the day. Great post.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Prego said...

Dug it. Just thought I'd let you know.

Love,
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3:07 PM  
Anonymous noell said...

I love this. I will be coming back for a closer look, when my three children aren't pulling my attention away as I ignore the fact that I need to get them out the door for school in twelve minutes.

I am going to embarress myself here, but who is that last man pictured on this post? I don't recognize him.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Its nice to see you spend so much time on such a great assortment of quotes...I only wish i had that kind of time to spend on mine. Love your blog and ill definitely be back for more.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Todd O said...

What Amy said!

12:28 PM  

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