Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Quotes

“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.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’  But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change.  Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions.  Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”

“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.”

“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact… that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance.  We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters…”

“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.”

“Worship at its best is a social experience with people of all levels of life coming together to realize their oneness and unity under God.  Whenever the church, consciously or unconsciously, caters to one class it loses the spiritual force of the ‘whosoever will, let him come’, doctrine and is in danger of becoming a little more than a social club with a thin veneer of religiosity.”

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