Today, of all days…why would I use my own words in this space when a great man shared so many words of wisdom with our world. As we celebrate Dr. King today, I leave you with just some of his many exquisite insights and hope that one of them speaks to your soul.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
There comes a time when silence is a betrayal.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
Darkness cannot drive our darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.
We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We must accept finite disappointment but never lost infinite hope.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
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 worse of use and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
And the words of Dr. King’s that I choose to carry with me each and every day…
I have decided to stick with love…hate is too great a burden to bear.