1.19.2009

Other Things Dr. King Said

"Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy." - 1959

"The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. The idealists are usually not realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive to be militant. Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. The philosopher Hegel said that truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in the emergent synthesis which reconciles the two." - 1963

"It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important." - 1964

"Each of us lives in two realms, the "within" and the "without."... Now the great temptation of life and the great tragedy of life is that so often we allow the without of our lives to absorb the within of our lives. The great tragedy of life is that too often we allow the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live." - 1965

"We must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him." - 1967

5 comments:

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Hey Krush! You're not alone recognizing the importance of Dr. King's legacy. I guess it's up to us (bloggers) to keep the fire lit. Have a great day!

clnmike said...

Great quotes.

My True Essence said...

Krush. Exellent post and tribute to an outstanding human being. I wish Dr. King was here to witness history in the making. God is so Good!!

Skoolboi Krush said...

Curvy - We all have to do our part to keep it going. Its the same with helping Obama be the best he can be as President.

Mike - Yeah, there are so many others that I want to post.

Essence - To me, he is the greatest American who ever lived. A regular citizen who changed the world.

msladydeborah said...

This is the wisdom of MLK that they want us to overlook. But the truth has a way of rising up to tell the story.