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Reflections from the words of MLK

Let us celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today by reading these historical quotes from this great oratorical man.

• “All who call on God in true faith, earnest from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.”

• “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

• “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character — That is the goal of true education.”

• “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

• “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

• “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way.”

• “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenges and controversy.”

• “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

• “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

• “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of the economic injustice which makes philanthropy necessary.”

• “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.”

• “A right delayed is a right denied.”

• “Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”

• “We refuse to believe there are insufficient funds in the great vault of opportunity of this nation.”

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

• “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertion and passionate concerns of dedicated individuals.”

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

• “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

• “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization. It is time for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.”

• “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

• “Everybody can be great … because everyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verbs agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

As we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reflect on these quotes that we may sometimes forget.

— Pastor Dwayne Malone, Terre Haute

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