Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I have a dream. Do you have a dream?

It is Martin Luther King, Jr. In most of the US, this Monday is celebrated as the King Day of Service. In my corner of the world, I light a candle and remember his good and inspiring words. Words about love, passion, transition, creativity and faith. Here are some of them:

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" 

"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." 

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." 

"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." 

"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." 

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." 

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

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