Blogathon #17 – Kingly Wisdom

Here are more inspirational thoughts, this time from a noted student of Gandhi’s theories of nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be

demanded by the oppressed.”

“Cowardice asks the question, Is it safe? Expediency asks the question,
Is it politic? Vanity asks the question, Is it popular? But conscience
asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must
take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he
must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong you
cannot be too conservative.”

“There comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his
conscience tells him is unjust. It is important to see that there are
times when a manmade law is out of harmony with the moral law of the
universe. There is nothing that expressed massive civil disobedience any more than the Boston Tea Party, and yet we give this to our young people and our students as a part of the great tradition of our nation. So I think we are in good company when we break unjust laws, and I think
those who are willing to do it and accept the penalty are those who are
part of the saving of the nation.”

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of
extremists we will be…The nation and the world are in dire need of
creative extremists.”

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong you
cannot be too conservative.”

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

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and
willingly accepts the penalty…to arouse the conscience of the
community over its injustice, is…expressing the very highest respect
for law.”

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three
meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and
dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what
self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up. Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… We are now faced with the fact that TOMORROW is TODAY. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of NOW. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there *is* such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or
complacency. THIS IS A TIME FOR VIGOROUS AND POSITIVE ACTION.”

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful
words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the
good people.”

“Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of
justice for all people.”

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

“Those of us who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as
those who love war.”

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