Martin Luther King – A Man of Great Words
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on which we celebrate the life, accomplishments, and dreams of Dr. King. While Dr. King’s life’s mission was to abolish racism and bigotry, much of what he said can be applied to our financial lives.
As a personal finance blog, we thought it fitting to celebrate Martin Luther King’s memory by listing some of his most applicable money quotes. We preface this post by saying that some of these quotes of Dr. Martin Luther King’s are loosely applicable to personal finance. If the relationship of the two isn’t readily clear, they’re certainly applicable in other aspects of our lives and still worth the read on this day.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
- Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
- Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable . . . Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
- 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.
- We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
- Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
- The time is always right to do what is right.
- Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle.
- Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- The quality, not the longevity of one’s life is what is important.
- Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- 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.
- Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- We must use time creatively.
- Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which makes philanthropy necessary.
- Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.
- Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
- A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
- There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
- Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.
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Dr. King had a dream that all people would be free and treated as equals. While we have laws today that outlaw physical slavery, we also have laws today that permit and even encourage financial slavery. We believe the success of that dream is contingent on people not losing or giving up that freedom to the indebtedness of others people, institutions or governments. Get this free debt analysis to see how quickly you can become financially liberated.
We would all do well to embrace Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and mission in many ways. In reading Dr. King’s quotes, it’s apparent that there are more important things in life than buying more stuff, especially if the only way to acquire that stuff is self-inflicted indebtedness. Instead, we encourage gratitude for what we have and look for ways to build ourselves up both in spirit and financially.
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