Martin Luther King, Jr. on “the fierce urgency of now”

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., in his speech “Beyond Vietnam” delivered at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4th, 1967.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Posted on behalf of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 under Quotations.

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