Lessons of Love from Dr. King
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am very pleased to share the following post written by my friend, Randy Clark. I hope his words, and those of Dr. King, will inspire you to be more loving and accepting of others.
I’d noted January 20, 2014 on my editorial calendar—Dr. Martin Luther King day. I wanted to write a post that shared the impact this man had on my life. I’m a product of the 1960’s. Like many of my generation, I was greatly influenced by Dr. King. He demonstrated how to live as a committed contributing person in our society. He showed us how one person could make a difference. As I wrote and rewrote, deleted and started over, it occurred to me I didn’t have to write it. It was already written. I could think of no better way to express those lessons of love than with Dr. King’s own words.
Quotes from Dr. King
- I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
- Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- That old law about “an eye for an eye” leaves everybody blind.
- The time is always right to do what is right.
- Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Reflecting on Dr. King’s actions, achievements, and words, I am proud of the lessons I’ve learned and hopeful for the areas I find myself lacking. If you’d like to read more quotes from Dr. King go to Martin Luther King Jr’s main beliefs and values. Now go love somebody.
Meet Randy Clark
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