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The King Who Isn’t Mentioned Part 2

August 28, 2011

A must buy!

Yesterday, I posted part one. Now, here is part two. I highly suggest buying this book!

“Our generation cannot escape the question of our Lord: What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world of externals—airplanes, electric lights, automobiles, and color television—and lose the internal—his own soul?”

“…evil carries the seed of its own destruction.”

“Power is the ability to fulfill purpose; action that defeats purpose is weakness.”

“Without…faith, man’s highest dreams will pass silently to the dust.”

“[To distill all of our frustrations into a core bitterness and resentment] poisons the soul and scars the personality, always harming the person who harbors this feeling more than anyone else.”

“To sink in the quicksands of fatalism is both intellectually and psychologically stifling. Because freedom is part of the essence of man, the fatalist, by denying freedom, becomes a puppet, not a person.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Only in this way shall we live without the fatigue of bitterness and the drain of resentment.”

“True peace, a calm that exceeds all description and all explanation, is peace amid storm and tranquility amid disaster.”

“Our capacity to deal creatively with shattered dreams is ultimately determined by our faith in God.”

“…it is unfair and certainly unscientific to condemn a system before we know what that system teaches and why it is wrong.”

“Destructive means cannot bring constructive ends, because the means represent the-ideal-in-the-making and the-end-in-progress. Immoral means cannot bring moral ends, for the ends are preexistent in the means.”

“We must come to see that the Christian gospel is a two-way road. On the one side, it seeks to change the souls of men and thereby unite them with God; on the other, it seeks to change the environmental conditions of men so that the soul will have a chance after it is changed.”

“We must face the shameful fact that the church is the most segregated major institution in American society, and the most segregated hour of the week is…eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”

“God intends that all of his children shall have the basic necessities for meaningful, healthful life. Surely it is unchristian and unethical for some to wallow in the soft beds of luxury while others sink in the quicksands of poverty.”

“The instruments that yesterday were worshiped today contain cosmic death, threatening to plunge all of us into the abyss of annihilation. Man is not able to save himself or the world. Unless he is guided by God’s spirit, his new-found scientific power will become a devastating Frankenstein monster that will bring to ashes his earthy life.”

“What appears at the moment to be evil may have a purpose that our finite minds are incapable of comprehending. So in spite of the presence of evil and the doubts that lurk in our minds, we shall wish not to surrender the conviction that our God is able.”

“At times we may feel that we do not need God, but on the day when the storms of disappointment rage, the winds of disaster blow, and the tidal waves of grief beat against our lives, if we do not have a deep and patient faith our emotional lives will be ripped to shreds. There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God.”

“Only God is able. It is faith in him that we must rediscover. With this faith we can transform bleak and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy and bring new light into the dark caverns of pessimism.”

“Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyzes us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but rather to harness and master it.”

“Not arms but love, understanding, and organized goodwill can cast out fear. Only disarmament, based on good faith, will make mutual trust a living reality.”

“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the diseases of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzed life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

“Religion endows us with the conviction that we are not alone in the vast, uncertain universe. Beneath and above that shifting sands of time, the uncertainties that darken our days, and the vicissitudes that cloud our nights is a wise and loving God.”

“The confidence that God is mindful of the individual is of tremendous value in dealing with the disease of fear, for it gives us a sense of worth, of belonging, and of at-homeness in the universe.”

“Man’s hankering after the demonic is always disturbed by his longing for the divine. As he seeks to adjust to the demands of time, he know that eternity is his ultimate habitat. When man comes to himself, he knows that evil is a foreign invader that must be driven from the native soils of his soul before he can achieve moral and spiritual dignity.”

“The idea that man expects God to do everything leads inevitably to a callous misuse of prayer. For if God does everything, man then asks him for anything, and God becomes little more than a ‘cosmic bellhop’ who is summoned for every trivial need. Or God is considered so omnipotent and man so powerless that prayer is a substitute for work and intelligence.”

“One cannot remove an evil habit by mere resolution nor by simply calling on God to do the job but only as he surrenders himself and becomes an instrument of God.”

‎”God is too courteous to break open the door, but when we open it in faith believing, a divine and human confrontation will transform our sin-ruined lives into radiant personalities.”

“The tragedy is not merely that you have such a multiplicity of denominations, but that many groups claim to possess absolute truth. Such narrow sectarianism destroys the unity of the Body of Christ. God is neither Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, nor Episcopalian. God transcends our denominations.”

“The end of life is not to be happy nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain but to do the will of God, come what may.”

“…you may ascend to the heights of academic achievement, so that you have all knowledge, and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees; but, devoid of love, all of these mean absolutely nothing.”

“The agonizing moments through which I have passed during the last few years have also drawn me closer to God.”

“…I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that we face a world crisis that leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark, confused world the Kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.”


The King Who Isn’t Mentioned Part 1

August 27, 2011

Such a powerful book!

The title of this blog post might interest you. I don’t know about you, but in high school and college, I never heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. talk about God. That is until I read this book. If there is one thing that I gained from college, it is the motivation to read things that interest me on my own. I discovered this book after seeing it cited in The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as I did with the autobiography, I did a quote series for Dr. King’s Strength to Love on Facebook. I did this during an interesting time without even knowing it. The Martin Luther King Memorial recently opened in Washington DC. In two weeks, I plan on going to see it along with other things such as the American History Museum. Here is part one of the quote series. Part two comes tomorrow. I highly suggest getting this book!

“There is little hope for us until we become tough minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance…A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.”

“Violence brings only temporary victories; violence, by creating many more social problems than it solves, never brings permanent peace.”

“The greatness of our God lies in the fact that he is both tough minded and tenderhearted.”

“[God] does not leave us alone in our agonies and struggles. He seeks us in dark places and suffers with us and for us in our tragic prodigality.”

“God combines in his nature a creative synthesis of love and justice that will lead us through life’s dark valleys and into sunlit pathways of hope and fulfillment.”

“Every true Christian is a citizen of two worlds, the world of our time and the world of eternity.”

“…most people, and Christians in particular, are thermometers that record or register the temperature of majority opinion, not thermostats that transform and regulate the temperature of society.”

“If the church of Jesus Christ is to regain once more its power, message and authentic ring, it must conform only to the demands of the gospel. The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

“Any Christian who blindly accepts the opinions of the majority and in fear and timidity follows a path of expediency and social approval is a mental and spiritual slave.”

“More than ever before we are today challenged by the words of yesterday, ‘Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.'”

“The Samaritan was good because he made concern for others the first law of his life.”

“Our unswerving devotion to monopolistic capitalism makes us more concerned about the economic security of the captains of industry than for the laboring men whose sweat and skills keep industry functioning.”

“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

“…it is not enough to aid a wounded man on the Jericho Road; it is also important to change the conditions that make robbery possible. Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice that make philanthropy necessary.”

“Dollars posses the potential for helping wounded children of God on life’s Jericho Road, but unless those dollars are distributed by compassionate fingers they will enrich neither the giver nor the receiver.”

“…I must not ignore the wounded man on life’s Jericho Road, because he is a part of me and I am a part of him. His agony diminishes me, and his salvation enlarges me.”

“The potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man’s ever-recurring song of retaliation.”

“Generations will rise and fall; men will continue to worship the god of revenge and bow before the altar of retaliation; but ever and again this noble lesson of Calvary will be a nagging reminder that only goodness can drive out evil and only love can conquer hate.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“…the church must implore men to be good and well-intentioned and must extol the virtues for kindheartedness and conscientiousness….Never must the church tire of reminding men that they have a moral responsibility to be intelligent.”

“One does not need to be a profound scholar to be open minded, nor a keen academician to engage in an assiduous pursuit for truth.”

“…the command to love one’s enemy is an absolute necessity for our survival. Love even for enemies is the key to the solution for the problems of our world.”

“…we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

“…we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do.”

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

“Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates…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.”

“May we solemnly realize that we shall never be true sons of our heavenly Father until we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”

“Midnight is the house when men desperately seek to obey the eleventh commandment, ‘Thou shalt not get caught.'”

“In the terrible midnight of war, men have knocked on the door of the church to ask for bread of peace, but the church has often disappointed them.”

“…those who have gone to the church to seek the bread of economic justice have been left in the frustrating midnight of economic privation. In many instances the church has so aligned itself with the privileged classes and so defended the status quo that it has been unwilling to answer the knock at midnight.”

“Many young people who knock on the door are perplexed by the uncertainties of life, confused by daily disappointments, and disillusioned by the ambiguities of history…We must provide them with the fresh bread of hope and imbue them with the conviction that God has the power to bring good out of evil.”

“Disappointment, sorrow, and despair are born at midnight, but morning follows. ‘Weeping may endure for a night,’ says the psalmist, ‘but joy cometh in the morning.’ This faith adjourns the assemblies of hopelessness and brings new light into the dark chambers of pessimism.”

“The richer this man became materially, the poorer he became intellectually and spiritually.”

“Materialism is a weak flame that is blown out by the breath of mature thinking.”

“Without dependence on God our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night.”


The Forgotten Brother Part 3

June 6, 2011

His message must live on!

43 years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy passed away due to an assassin’s bullet…as so it’s told. For the past two days, I’ve been posting quotes that I’ve put up on Facebook from RFK’s Presidential campaign speeches. The speeches can be found in The Gospel According to RFK: Why it Matters Now. His words, along with many others during the 1960’s, are relevant to today. We must take in these words and make a change for the better! The following quotes came from Ted Kennedy who quoted his brother Robert during Robert’s memorial service. The last quote comes from Robert who was asked how he wants to be remembered. May the Lord bless his soul.

“There is a discrimination in this world and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; and millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich; and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere.”

“…we can perhaps remember…that those who live with us are our brothers; that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek—as we do—nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.”

“Our answer is to rely on youth—not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”

“Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.”

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in the battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world…those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe.”

“For the fortunate among us, there is the temptation to follow the easy and familiar paths of personal ambition and financial success so grandly spread before those who enjoy the privilege of education. But that is not the road history has marked out for us.”

“The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American society.”

“Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny.”

“I think again back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I’d like to feel that I’d done something to lessen that suffering.”


The Forgotten Brother Part 2

June 5, 2011

Down before he got to shine.

As I mentioned yesterday, RFK won California and South Dakota in the Democratic Primary, 43 years ago. He addressed a crowd at midnight in Los Angeles. After that, he was headed to a press conference in the hotel. On his way there, he would be shot. Here is the second round of quotes from his campaign.

“…I believe that once the active and concerned citizens of this nation organize, and build new bonds between themselves, to reassert control over our political lives—once we have done that, we will also be able to assert control over the government programs which so deeply affect our personal lives.”

“Despite all the discord and dispirit, despite all the extremists and their actions, there remains, in this country today, an enormous reservoir of hope and goodwill. Americans want to move forward; they want to better their communities, to make this country not only more livable for all Americans but a shining example for all of the world.”

“We must reach across the false barriers that divide us from our brothers and countrymen, to seek and find peace abroad, reconciliation at home and participation in the life of our country that is the deepest desire of the American people and the truest expression of our national goals.”

“Together we can attack the problems that seem so overwhelming, and master them.”

“…we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.”

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”

“…violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.”

“We learn…to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but on a community; men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this, there are no final answers.”

“Should we be forced to turn our cities into garrisons then the liberty of every citizen will be diminished. If we do not bring about lasting peace then the day may come when no one will be able to send his child to school or to take a bus without fear. We must act, therefore, not only for the sake of the Negro, but for all of us and for the nation.”

“…if we try to look through the eyes of the young slum-dweller—the Negro, and the Puerto Rican, and the Mexican American—the world is a dark and hopeless place indeed.”

“…the people of the ghetto live today with an unemployment rate far worse than the rest of the nation knew during the depth of the Great Depression.”

“…the most immediate need is for a national impact project: to put men to work, to restore possibility to the young and to give the resident of the ghetto some sense that the nation is committed to fulfillment of his hopes.”

“…let us stop thinking of the poor—the dropouts, the unemployed, those on welfare, and those who work for poverty wages—as liabilities. Let us them for what they are: valuable resources, as people whose work can be directed to all these tasks to be done within our cities, and within the nation…”

“Our great strength—moral, political, economic, and military—must be used to seek peace with justice, to secure peace without fear. For those objectives, we must construct a foreign policy that will reassure the world of our judgment and our purposes.”

“…we must recognize that peace in the world means little to us unless we can preserve it at home. We cannot continue to deny and postpone the demands of our own people, while spending billions in the name of freedom for others.”

“The richest country in the world must be able to afford to feed its hungry people. The most prosperous society on the globe must be able to save its children from death, disease and despair that result from a lack of adequate food.”

“I call on all Americans—on the medical profession, on private industry, on the farmers, on government, and on all individuals to respond to the plight of these millions who are hungry.”

“Where the central interests of the United States are not directly threatened…We should give no more assistance to a government against any internal threat than that government is capable of using itself, through its agencies and instruments. We can help them but we cannot again try to do their jobs for them.”

“…the real constructive force in the world comes not from bombs, but from imaginative ideas, warm sympathies, and a generous spirit.”

“…Shall we continue to watch as medical costs soar beyond the reach of most Americans, condemning the poor to illness and the average American to the whim of fate—or are we going to act to make decent medical care something more than a luxury of the affluent?”

“Education, jobs, community participation, an end to hunger, these are the elements of a healthy citizenry. And they must be achieved. For it is neither economical nor compassionate to care for the consequences of poverty, and ignore its roots.”

“We can create new career opportunities in rural America which will not only avoid forcing people to leave their home communities if they do not wish to, but offer help in alleviating poverty and in providing adequate community social services…”

“…when one of us prospers, all of us prosper; and when one falters, so do we all.”

“Unemployment means having nothing to do—which means nothing to do with the rest of us. To be without work, to be without use to one’s fellow citizens, is to be in truth the Invisible Man of whom Ralph Ellison wrote…”

“We often quote Lincoln’s warning that America could not survive half slave and half free. Nor can it survive while millions of our people are slaves to dependency and poverty, waiting on the favor of their fellow citizens to write them checks.”

“What we do need…is a better liberalism and a better conservatism.”

“The environment in which we live is part of us; when we degrade it, we degrade ourselves…”


The Forgotten Brother Part 1

June 4, 2011

What would've happened if he became President?

43 years old today, Robert F. Kennedy was on his way to getting the Democratic Presidential nomination. This day, he won California and South Dakota. Later that evening, he would meet his end. I recently got into the Senator. I didn’t know much about him and the people I knew didn’t know either. Once I read his speeches from his campaign, I thought to myself what would’ve happened if he became President? I’ve never heard any public official speak on poverty like that. After finishing the book above (click the photo if you would like to buy it), I’ve decided to share some quotes from the speeches. Let’s all be like this Robert F. Kennedy!

“I run to seek new policies—policies to close the gaps between black and white, rich and poor, young and old, in this country and around the world. I run for the presidency because I want the Democratic Party and the United States of America to stand for hope instead of despair, for reconciliation of men instead of the growing risk of world war.”

“…these are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election. At stake is not simply the leadership of our party or even our country—it is our right to the moral leadership on this planet.”

“If we examine the history of this conflict, we find the dismal story repeated time after time…at every crisis…we have denied that anything was wrong; sent more troops; and issued more confident communiques…we have been assured that this one last step would bring victory…the predictions and promises have failed and been forgotten, and the demand has been made again for just one more step up the ladder.”

“If the government’s troops will not or cannot carry the fight for their cities, we cannot ourselves destroy [the cities]. That kind of salvation is not an act we can presume to perform for them. For we must ask our government—we must ask ourselves: where does such logic end?”

“What we must ask ourselves is whether we have a right to bring so much destruction to another land without clear and convincing evidence that this is what its people want. But that is precisely the evidence we do not have. What they want is peace, not dominated by any outside forces.”

“…it is long past time to ask: what is this war doing to us? Of course it is costing us money…but that is the smallest price we pay. The cost is in our young men, the tens of thousands of their lives cut off forever. The cost is in our world position—in neutrals and allies alike, every day more baffled by and estranged from a policy they cannot understand.”

“If young boys and girls are so filled with despair when they are going to high school and feel that their lives are so hopeless and that nobody’s going to care for them, nobody’s going to be involved with them, nobody’s going to bother with them, that they either hang themselves, shoot themselves, or kill themselves—I don’t think that’s acceptable…I think we can do much, much better.”

“If we believe that we as Americans are bound together by a common concern for each other, than an urgent national priority is upon us. We must began to end the disgrace of this other America. And this is one of the great tasks of leadership for us, as individuals and citizens this year.”

“But even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task. It is to confront the poverty of satisfaction, purpose, and dignity that inflicts us all. Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things.”

“Those who now call for an end to dissent…seem not to understand what this country is all about. For debate and dissent are the very heart of the American process. We have followed the wisdom of Greece: ‘All things are to be examined and brought into question. There is no set limit to thought.'”

“…our happiness will come not from goods we have, but from the good we do together.”

“…the work we must do is not for the benefit of any one of our peoples: It is work we must do for all Americans.”

“All [disadvantaged] Americans are joined by the bond of injustice—and all these Americans must be freed by a strong, determined national effort—not an effort which merely swells our budget with programs which will not free these Americans—but an effort which will provide jobs, not welfare doles; decent homes, not slums standing on the foundation of federal indifference.”

“All of us, from the wealthiest and most powerful of men, to the weakest and hungriest of children, share one precious possession: the name ‘American.'”

“We have assumed that more federal funds are the only answer to our problems. I believe the time has come for the leadership of America to put its trust in the hands of the people—and to meet the great domestic challenges of our time with programs shaped and run by the citizens themselves.”

“The loss of participation is a loss which affects all of us…”

“Together, we can make this a nation where young people do not seek the false peace of drugs. Together, we can make this a nation where old people are not shunted off; where, regardless of the color of his skin or the place of birth of his father, ever citizen will have an equal chance at dignity and decency.”

“We have been stripped of goals and values and direction, as we move aimlessly and rather futilely from crisis to crisis and danger to danger. And the record shows that kind of approach will not only not solve problems, it will only deepen them.”

“This is a time to create, not destroy. This is a time for men to work out of a sense of decency, not bitterness. This is a time to begin again…”

“It is time to begin rebuilding the Grand Alliance—to repair the bonds of trust and confidence of those historic allies whose friendship has been the basis of our own security so many times in the past.”

“It is time to recall ourselves to our true responsibilities in the world: to recognize that we cannot sit frozen in indifference while everyday, 10,000 fellow human beings starve elsewhere in the world; that it is a monstrous disproportion that we should buy eight million new cars a year while most of the world goes without shoes.”

‎”[César Chávez’s] message says that dignity is not something awarded coldly in a welfare office. This message says that dignity is something a man attains with his mind, with the labor of his body, with his belief in himself. It is not something you buy in a supermarket.”

“…this country must insure that Mexican Americans do not have to bleed for a living. I want to see an America where Mexican Americans produce featherweight champions of the world, but also space engineers, doctors of letters, great novelists, fine composers and Nobel Prize winners.”

“America should allow them to be anything which their talent and intelligence can make them. If America fails these young people, if through indifference or callousness they are denied jobs, opportunities, or education, then the American dream will have failed. I do not believe America will fail. Together we can build an America that can give these children the open door to the future. That is why I am here.”

“Together we can make ourselves a nation that spends more on books than on bombs, more on hospitals than the terrible tools of war, more on decent houses than military aircraft.”

“…I am on the side of those who are not afraid to admit past mistakes…”


One Quote Everyday Part 2

May 9, 2010

A lot of gold here.

After a few months of reading, I finally finished this book. It was very enlightening and empowering. It made me realize a lot about myself. There were so many good quotes that I had to share them once again. Enjoy. Check out part one if you haven’t.

“Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. March on poverty until no starved man walks the streets of our cities and towns in search of jobs that do not exist.”

“Finally, when a man was able to make his way through the maze of handicaps and get just one foot out of the jungle of poverty and exploitation, he was subject to the whims of the political and economic giants of the city, which moved in impersonally to crush the little flower of success that had just begun to bloom.”

“Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated.”

“We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls ‘enemy,’ for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

“…if you have never found something so dear and so precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.”

“When you have mass unemployment in the [Black] community, it’s called a social problem; when you have mass unemployment in the [W]hite community, it’s called a depression.”

“And I said to my little children, ‘…I don’t ever want you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don’t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.'”

“We can all get more together than we can apart.”

“Dives went to hell because he allowed Lazarus to become invisible…he allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived…he sought to be a conscientious objector in the war against poverty…If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.”

“…one of the great agonies of life is that we are constantly trying to finish that which is unfinishable…And so we, like David, find ourselves in so many instances having to face the fact that our dreams are not fulfilled. Life is a continual story of shattered dream.”

“Whenever you set out to build a creative temple, whatever it may be, you must face the fact that there is a tension at the heart of the universe between good and evil.”

“If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought, if I can bring salvation to a world once wrought, if I can spread the message as the master taught, then my living will not be in vain.”


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.”