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15 January 2007 @ 10:25 am
Tao of the Day - Martin Luther King Jr. Day  
Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for being one of the greatest leaders of our nation.

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
        Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
        Martin Luther King Jr.
Varnvarn_ix on January 15th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Insightful. This collection reminded me of Paul Graham, who claims that based on evidence of great minds from ages past, if you agree with all currently accepted social norms, there is a good chance you're doing something seriously wrong.
Varnvarn_ix on January 15th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, in particular, the relevant essay would be What You Can't Say.
Kburgunder on January 15th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I'll have to check it out in spirit of the holiday.