Given that this past week was the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought I would post a list of favorite quotations from the civil rights leader.
The challenge is to choose only seven that really resonate. There are so many more than that, and narrowing it down always means not including something that ought to be on any “best of” list.
I found a list of 50 Best MLK Quotes. Even with part of the work done, it’s still not necessarily a case of just picking the first seven to appear on that list. With that said, I will give you the quotes from King that speak the most to me.
I encourage you to review the link above and see which ones speak to you, then post them!
7 Favorite Quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
2. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
3. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
4. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
5. “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
6. “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
7. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
So here’s your chance. To play along, list your answers in a comment with this post, or post them on your own blog and comment here with the link to your post. That way more people get to see your blog!
What 7 quotes from Dr. King resonate most with you?
I love them all but #3 is the one that got my attention this time. This has happened to me so often that it freaks me out. I never heard of that one until I read your blog today. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! :)
Given the changing political landscape and the secularization of our country since MLK's untimely death, I really wonder what HE and, for that matter, JFK would say about our current state of affairs? Would MLK like that religion has been taken out of most public places (e.g. schools). Would JFK, as a Democrat, say in his inauguration - today - if he were here, "Ask not what your country and do for you, but what you can do for your country?"
@BruceSallan I can't even imagine what they'd think.
I'd particularly love to hear what MLK would say about religion in schools issue, because he of all people should be able to see the value of religion as well as the importance of diversity, even when it comes to faith. I'd imagine it would put him in an unusual position (as it does the rest of us) in trying to navigate not only what is right, but what is right for EVERYONE at the same time.
Those are all good ones, but "a right delayed is a right denied" has always been one of my favourites.
Oh, and I think you left a piece of last week's post between #7 and the post epilogue.