Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day

Today I'm letting the great man speak for me. He does it so much more eloquently than I can.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where  he stands in times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others."
Martin Luther King Jr-- Strength to Love

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run than walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

And lastly one of my favorite quotes. A breathtakingly simple bit of optimism. "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."


Skem said...

This gave me goosebumps. Thank you.

Mandy said...

I loved all of these quotes, Cat, thank you so much for sharing. He is definitely one man that I would have loved to meet in real life.

Cat B said...

Thanks guys! He would have been a great man to know. I imagine meeting him would have been life changing.

My only issue was narrowing down all his brilliant quotes. He had so many wise things to say.

TheDogLikeCynic said...

Wonderful :-)