Archive for March, 2010


One Quote Everyday

March 2, 2010

A lot of gold here.

For the month of February, in addition to the strike (which was a success by the way), I posted Dr. King quotes on Facebook from the book above which I am currently reading. I missed only 2-3 days because I wasn’t near a computer. I am reposting them here. The first one doesn’t come from the book. It comes from an interview with Reverend Andrew Young who worked closely with Dr. King and quotes him as saying it. Dr. King does use a modified version of that quote in his “I Have a Dream” speech which is in the book. Enjoy the quotes. I hope you learn something. I sure did.

“We cannot exist with islands of poverty in this great sea of wealth.”

“Standing besides love is always justice.”

“No one gives up his privileges without strong resistance.”

“You must not harbor anger. You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must stay calm.”

“Let’s not fool ourselves, we haven’t reached the promised land, North or South.”

“We must be able to face up honestly to our own shortcomings.”

“Let us be loving enough to turn an enemy into a friend.”

“Unearned suffering is redemptive.”

“A man who hits the peak at twenty-seven has a tough job ahead.”

“Eventually the forces of justice triumph in the universe…the universe itself is on the side of freedom and justice.”

“You will never learn how to swim until you get in the water.”

“Throughout this struggle for racial justice I have constantly asked God to remove all bitterness from my heart and to give me the strength and courage to face any disaster that came my way.”

“It is the fact that in the midst of external tension, God can give an inner peace.”

“To believe in nonviolence does not mean that violence will not be inflicted upon you. The believer in nonviolence is the person who will willingly allow himself to be the victim of violence but will never inflict violence upon another. He lives by the conviction that through his suffering and cross bearing, the social situation may be redeemed.”

“It was my hope that we would remove from our souls the shackles of fear and the manacles of despair, and move on into the uncertain but promising future with the faith that the dawn of a new day was just around the horizon.”

“The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, so that when the battle is over, a new relationship comes into being between the oppressed and the oppressor.”

“God has the light that can shine through all the darkness.”

“We have experiences when the light of day vanishes, leaving us in some dark and desolate midnight…During such moments our spirits are almost overcome by gloom and despair, and we feel that there is no light anywhere. But ever and again, we look toward the east and discover that there is another light which shines even in the darkness, and ‘the spear of frustration’ is transformed ‘into a shaft of light.'”

“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

“Our ultimate aim was not to defeat or humiliate the [W]hite man but to win his friendship and understanding. We had a moral obligation to remind him that segregation is wrong. We protested with the ultimate aim of being reconciled with our white brothers.”

“In a real sense the ‘sit-in’ represented more than a demand for service; it represented a demand for respect.”

“Jail is depressing because it shuts off the world. It leaves one caught in the dull monotony of sameness. It is almost like being dead while one still lives. To adjust to such a meaningless existence is not easy. The only way that I adjust to it is to constantly remind myself that this self-imposed suffering is for a great cause and purpose.”

“God blessed me with a great and wonderful wife. Without her love, understanding, and courage, I would have faltered long ago.”

“There is no tactical theory so neat that a revolutionary struggle for a share of power can be won merely by pressing a row of buttons. Human beings with all their faults and strengths constitute the mechanism of a social movement. They must make mistakes and learn from them, make more mistakes and learn anew. They must taste defeat as well as success, and discover how to live with each.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”