Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Day

Happy MLK day!  I hope you take a moment today to appreciate the historical significance and bravery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Enjoy your day off (if you don't have to work), enjoy the weather (if you have it as pretty as we do), and enjoy your family (always)--but take a second to enjoy and appreciate more than that.

Dr. King was a wise man who fought incredible fights to defend his beliefs and warrant the change he dreamed.  No words I could ever say would come close to expressing his passion as well as his own.  So here are a few of my favorite quotes of his:

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

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men."

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.  He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

"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.  There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

"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 soul when we look the other way."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love."

"I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, quality and freedom for their spirit."

"The time is always right to do the right thing."

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

Think.  Learn.  Hope.  Live a life of conviction.  Act.  Serve.  Love.  Change the world...

love, angie

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