Normal Fear Protects Us – Abnormal Fear Paralyses – Courage, Strength And Bravery Quotes – Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. who was born on January 15 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and assassinated at 39 years on April 4th 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, lived a remarkable life. At 15 years, he joined Morehouse college. At 26, he had obtained his PHD and Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Boston University. By 34 he had already carried out many social activist campaigns and given his famous and land mark speech, “I have a Dream.”
When he was 35 years old, he was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. As the World remembers and Celebrate’s his life, his work and his birthday, I collected some of his most Iconic quotes on Courage, Strength and Fortitude.
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But Conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’”
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.”
“If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
“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.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“When you are right, you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
“I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.”
“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.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
“Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyses us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but, rather to harness and master it.”
“Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
“The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.”
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
“Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.”
“For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”
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