Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You can't give up in life

From A Christmas Sermon on Peace (1967) by Martin Luther King

"In 1963, on a sweltering August afternoon, we stood in Washington, DC and talked to the nation about many things. Toward the end of that afternoon, I tried to talk to the nation about a dream that I had had, and I must confess to you today that not long after talking about that dream I started seeing it turn into a nightmare. I remember the first time I saw that dream turn into a nightmare, just a few weeks after I had talked about it. It was when four beautiful unoffending, innocent Negro girls were murdered in a church in Birmingham, AL......Yes, I am personally the victim of deferred dreams, of blasted hopes, but in spite of that I close today by saying I still have a dream, because you know, you can't give up in life. If you lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream."

Learn by doing

From Grayson by Lynne Cox

"Sometime it's the process of doing that makes things clear. If we don't start, we never know what could have been. Sometimes the answers we find while searching are better or more creative than anything we could have imagined before."