What’s your passion? What’s out there in the world today that you wish to change? Can you change it?
Following the simple Rotarian principle that whatever you endeavor in should be “beneficial to all concerned” will certainly help you bring about some positive change. Though it might come in small doses, it will be happening. Don’t be afraid to march to your own beat, be a little bit “nonconformist,” and even forge ahead when the neybobs of negatism tell you it can’t be done.
Dr. Martin Luther King was a role-model for millions, yet a controversial figure to others. Still, no one can deny that he pursued his endeavors in a peaceful, intellectual manner which eventually brought about huge change. So whether Martin Luther King Day means much to you or not, the values, the words, and the desires in Dr. King’s heart for equality can never be denied. Nor can the long-term accomplishments.
Below are several other quotes by Dr. King which might help inspire you on your personal mission for change:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”
“The Drum Major Instinct” (1968)