Wisdom From Martin



Tomorrow is the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday here in the US.  I thought it would be a good idea to remember this great man in his own words – especially since his words were so eloquent.




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.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

The time is always right to do what is right.

There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

Dr. King’s life did not have as much length as it should have, but the breadth and depth were astounding. It is no surprise that his birthday is celebrated with a day of service. So tomorrow, go find somebody and help them. And whatever you do, try to do it well.


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