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MLK Quotes

January 19, 2010

Better a day late than not at all… MaidenShade honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sharing some quotes passed on to me by a friend.

    • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
    • All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
    • Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
    • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
    • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
    • 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.
    • History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
    • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
    • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
    • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
    • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
    • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
    • 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.
    • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
    • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
    • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 3:24 pm

    These are all wonderful. He sure was a powerful speaker, wasn’t he 🙂

    One of my faves – that speaks to me as a woman especially – is:

    “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”
    ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. January 19, 2010 4:21 pm

    Wonderful quotes…my favorite MLK quote is “”Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

  3. January 20, 2010 2:42 am

    He was such an amazing man and an inspiration. You have to wonder what he could have accomplished had his life not been cut so short.

  4. January 20, 2010 7:15 am

    Hate cannot drive out hate . . Love can . . . If only we people realize that. HHhmmmm even if we realize it already, let’s hope we don’t forget it.


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