Monday, January 17, 2011

"Nothing pains some people more than having to think." Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. has so many good quotes it is nearly impossible to choose only a few, but I've tried. Of course, my favorite is:

Human salvation lies in the hands of 
the creatively maladjusted.
Martin Luther King, Jr.  


A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

How timely so many of his words are today...I suppose intolerance and wisdom ring clearly on their parallel tracks throughout history. May we continue to have men and women with the heart and mind and drive of Mr. King, with the courage to speak up, even to the death. Which is usually what happens, even when the words live on... How about the actions? How about our actions? How about my actions? How about that now?

We're all in this together.
Have a Martin Luther King Monday. Do something matterful, mortal.

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