In these times of great stress and shouting and finger pointing, it’s good to sit back on a ‘day off’ to consider some important items that drive our lives. On this holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, I have gathered a few quotes for reflection and perhaps inspiration. Read through them and sit with one or two which capture your imagination and/or your heart.

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Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ 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 because conscience tells one it is right.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

We must use time creatively.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

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.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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.

Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

Just do it! And so it goes…