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2014-01-23

Martin Luther King Jr.

Carolyn B. Edwards

I've long wanted to join in the MLK Walk in San Antonio, the largest salute to that leader in the nation. This year's march occurred Monday, Jan. 20. However, 20 some odd years of working in the newspaper business have generally found me working to meet a deadline on Monday.
So, I'll just share some bits of wisdom from that great orator:
• "I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear."
• "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
• "If we do an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we will be a blind and toothless nation."
• "Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."
• "It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps."
• "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
• "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."
• "Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others."
• "We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
• "Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."
• "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."
• "Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people."
• "We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers."
• "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
• "It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart."
Owen Christianson said, "[King] called his followers to nonviolence of the fist, of the tongue, and of the heart." I keep working on having a nonviolent tongue and a nonviolent heart.