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The Humanism of Martin Luther King

By Ron Wildasin

We think of MLK as a profound civil rights leader and passionate reverend. His words continue to speak to us. If we intently listen to the central message he challenges us to look into our heart to understand who we really are and to boldly question whether we can do better.

Below are a few quotes that just might stir our personal decisions and mindset.

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.”

“People fail to get along because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

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

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

“Use me God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

“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.”

“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.”


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