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Quotes of the Day for 21 January 2002 – Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr, whose birth we celebrate as a holiday in the US today (actual date: 15 January 1929), is best remembered as one of the key voices in the civil rights movement, a strong voice demanding better treatment of Negroes. Looking over the quotes from this eloquent preacher, however, I see that the demands he made of his own people were as great, and expressed as clearly.

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The quotes:

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 develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.

I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
     - Today's quotes are all from Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929 - 1968


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