Quotables from Martin Luther King Jr. (Part 4)

More incredible quotes from a strong, visionary, and passionate leader, Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.
  • If you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live. You may be thirty eight years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house. So you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at thirty-eight as you would be at ninety. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for truth. You died when you refused to stand up for justice. Don’t ever think that you’re by yourself. Go on to jail if necessary, but you never go alone. Take a stand for that which is right, and the world may misunderstand you, and criticize you. But you never go alone, for somewhere I read that one with God is a majority. And God has a way of transforming a minority into a majority. Walk with him this morning and believe in him and do what is right, and He’ll be with you even until the consummation of the ages.”
  • After the meeting in which the black community of Montgomery, Alabama overwhelmingly decided to boycott the busing companies, King wrote, “The unity of purpose and esprit de corps of these people had been indescribably moving. No historian would ever be able to fully describe this meeting and no sociologist would ever be able to interpret it adequately. One had to be a part of the experience really to understand it.”
    • These words resonate deeply within me and cause a longing in my heart for a similar experience. I long to be a part of something that transcends explanation. I believe that God has planned encounters and movements like this for those who will faithfully follow and obey Him!

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