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Quotable King

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by PatrickJanuary 21, 2008

America paused to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.  Here are a few words of King’s wisdom, every bit as applicable and important today as when he first delivered them.

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“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.”

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

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

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

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

Patrick
Patrick is a Christian with more than 25 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

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Linda
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Add to that instructions given by Dr. King to demonstrators in Alabama: “If struck, do not strike back. If cursed, do not curse back.”

And white America watched evening network news while eating supper, watched the fire hoses blast and the big dogs unleashed upon peaceful marchers and, for the most part, felt nothing, did nothing.

So. What do we say today in the face of social and political injustice, rather than stand up for change? “Not in my back yard”? “It has nothing to do with me”? “I’m too busy” or “I just don’t have time to…”?

Who are we?

Paul
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The problem with that first quote is that every man thinks he’s right.

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