Monday, January 17, 2005

Quotes and pic found on about.com.

Even though he died before I was born, I have learned to appreciate and admire the eloquence, intelligence, compassion and drive of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I try very hard to help my children understand racism in its entirety - the history, where it comes from, and what we can do to make things better.  Dr. King's speeches have often brought me to tears, and I can only imagine what more he could have accomplished had he lived longer.

The lesson:  Hatred is never a good thing.  Ignorance is no excuse, and neither is fear. 

So much has been done, yet so much more needs to be done.  We have a long way to go, and this holiday is a great time to reflect on what we can do to make things better. 

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Without love, benevolence becomes egotism.

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

If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

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

We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.

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

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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. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love, correcting everything that stands against love.

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That's all for now...

 

2 comments:

martinsek5 said...

He was an amazing man.  It's really cool to live in Atlanta on this day :-)  Pamela

cneinhorn said...

well done....I've enjoyed reading the many tributes around jland~

~JerseyGirl
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