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Living like the King...
January 19, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
Granted, I'm a day late with this, but the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday along with my mid-life crossroads have made me reflect on how I'm doing so far in this crazy game called life.
So in order to inspire myself and others, here are quotes from MLK to perhaps steer or keep us on the correct path.
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."
"Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
"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."
"Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul."
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"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?"
"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."
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
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