Words of Wisdom in Honor of Black History Month

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Words of Wisdom in Honor of Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In honor of this month-long reflection of accomplishments, I wanted to start your week off with some uplifting quotes from two amazing men. Hope you have an amazing week!

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
– Malcolm X

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
– Malcolm X

“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.

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
– Malcolm X

“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.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
– Malcolm X

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. ”
– Malcolm X

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”
– Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.”
– Malcolm X

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”
– Malcolm X

“The time is always right to do the right thing.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
– Malcolm X

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”
– Malcolm X

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“As long as you are convinced you have never done anything, you can never do anything.”
– Malcolm X

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“It”s good to keep wide-open ears and listen to what everybody else has to say, but when you come to make a decision, you have to weigh all of what you”ve heard on its own, and place it where it belongs, and come to a decision for yourself; you”ll never regret it. But if you form the habit of taking what someone else says about a thing without checking it out for yourself, you”ll find that other people will have you hating your friends and loving your enemies.”
– Malcolm X

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
– Malcolm X, Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
-? Martin Luther King Jr.

“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
– Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
– Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

“By any means necessary.”
– Malcolm X

“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.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”
– Malcolm X

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham City Jail

“One day, may we all meet together in the light of understanding.”
– Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

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