“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968 ) was a Baptist pastor and a civil rights activist with the soul of a poet. His words resound so strongly in my heart, not only as inspiration but as a reminder of the work that must continue in order to heal our broken world – work first of all in me, then outward to all I connect with.
More than ever, we need the strength of character and a true moral compass to guide us; we need to appeal to the better angels of our nature. MLK’s words continually point us in that direction.
“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.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”