Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience

“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?’; 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.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968). 

Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience

​”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?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (15 Jan 1929-1968).

Martin Luther King Jr: Directly, indirectly

 

“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. ”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Martin Luther King Jr: Love Our Enemies

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr : Respect for the law

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

“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.

Martin Luther King Jr: Cruel Jest

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. –Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

 

Martin Luther King, Jr: Challenge and controversy

“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., quoted in “Older & Wiser”