Sometimes I wish that Twitter or Facebook had existed when certain quotable people were alive and saying brilliant things. What would the likes of Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, or Alfred Hitchcock have tweeted? What did they say that would fit into 140 characters of insightful prose?
Tomorrow is MLK Day — the day we honor Martin Luther King Jr. for his contribution to U.S. Civil Rights and our collective culture. Indeed, “MLK” shared plenty of inspiration in his words, much of it in 140 characters or less. So let’s see what Martin Luther King Jr. might have tweeted (actually wrote/said).
- Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
- I have a dream that my four little children will one day . . . not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
- Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
- The time is always right to do what is right.
- We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.
- Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.
- Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a constant attitude.
- Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.
- It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
- The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.
And indeed, Martin Luther King’s life was a quality one that made a difference. Thank you, Reverend King.
Now let’s see if I felt inspired with my writing goals. Here’s my weekly check-in for A Round of Words in 80 Days.
1. Read 12 books. This week I finished my third book this round, Divergent by Veronica Roth. Check.
2. Complete two drafts of short stories. Didn’t get to this one. Nope.
3. Take care of ROW80 sponsor responsibilities. I tend to visit these blogs on Sundays, but I’d like to visit the Wednesday status updates as well. Still, check.
4. Edit at least once through Good & Guilty, young adult mystery. Edited another 100 pages. I’m on track to get through the whole manuscript (at a big-issue level) this coming week. Check.
Overall, not bad. Plus, I had a proofreading job, which is an enjoyable task for me. The book I read through that project is one I’ll definitely recommend in the future.
How was your week? What’s your favorite quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.? Do you have others to add to my list?
Sources: BrainyQuote; Parade Magazine online; MLKDay.gov; Huffington Post; Psychology Today; Wikimedia Commons (MLK Photo by New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: DeMarsico, Dick, photographer [Public domain])