or let fade from public remembrance:
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage -
to move in the opposite direction."
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiples it.
Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.
In fact violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions,
but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
As that becomes more developed, more enlightened,
as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change,
with the change of circumstances institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy
as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
"You can blame people who knock things over in the dark, or you can begin to light candles.
You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing."
"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 he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right."
~DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself,
but each of us can work to change a small portion of events,
and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
I could never be as eloquent as these great leaders. Allow me to simply raise a virtual glass to the history benders in our history books and in our midst ... to you, a toast, a blessing, a prayer and our eternal thanks for thinking of us when you stood up, acted up, spoke up and refused to shut up.
And let us pray and promise to take such care, that we leave a better democracy and a stronger Republic for those who follow us.