Fifty score years ago, great Africans, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation years a Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of African slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that AFRICA is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the African is still sadly crippled by the manacles of poverty and the chains of tribal and racial discrimination. One hundred years later, the African lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the African is still languishing in the corners of African society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every Kenyan was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that Kenya has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, Kenya has given its people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But I refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. I refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of equality and the security of justice. I also want to to remind Kenya of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of tribalism to the sunlit path of tribal justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of tribal injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of any Kenyan. This sweltering summer of the Kenyan legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. The twenty first century is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that a Kenyan needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in Kenya until a Kenyan is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must write to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for democracy by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new vigilante groups which have engulfed the Kenyan community must not lead us to distrust of all our leaders and police forces, for many of our leaders, as evidenced by their numbers in parliament today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their well being is inextricably bound to our well being. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities meant for the rich. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Kenyan basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Kenyan in Mombasa cannot vote due to delay in procession of the voter's card and a Kenyan in Moyale believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mandera, go back to Garissa, go back to Nyeri, go back to Migori, go back to the slums and ghettos of our cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.I write to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment caused by insecurity and inflation, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Kenyan dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men[regardless of tribe] are created equal."I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Rift valley the sons of a kalenjin and the sons of a kikuyu will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the city of Nairobi, a diverse city, sweltering with the heat of injustice and insecurity, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the region they come from or their religion but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.I have a dream that one day our country Kenya , whose leader's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little Kikuyu boys and girls will be able to join hands with little Luo boys and girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.This is our hope. This is the faith with which we shall live. With this faith we will be able to hew the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to work hard together, to stand up for justice together, knowing that we will conquer tribalism one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'Daima mimi mkenya-mwananchi mzalendo, of thee I sing. Land where our fathers died, land of the freedom fighters, from every hillside, let freedom ring." And if Kenya is to be a great nation this must become true. So let no tribalism ring from the prodigious Taita hills. Let fairness ring from the mighty Mount Kenya. Let justice ring from the heightening Alleghenies of north Eastern province.Let growth and development ring from the Rockies of the rift valley.
Let no violence ring from the suburbs of Kisumu city.
But not only that; let no cattle rustling ring from Turkana and Pokot. Let no spell conquer kisii hills, kitui plains and the costal land. Let hard working ring from every district and location of western province. From every mountainside of Mount Elgon, let peace ring. When we let peace, love and unity ring, when we let them ring from every village and every district, from every province and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, from all ethnical backgrounds, Christians and Muslims, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of our national anthem, "Ewe Mungu nguvu yetu,....... haki iwe ngao na mlinzi! THAT DAY IS COMING SOON-.............I have a dream.
By Duke Mwancha.
World’s greatest quotes;
1. Children need models rather than critics.
2. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
3. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
4. The next day is never as good as the day before.
5. If you see yourself as prosperous, you will be. If you see yourself as continually hard up, that is exactly what you will be.
6. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
7. We simply propose that our social and economic ideal be that society which gives the maximum opportunity for each person in it to realize himself, to develop and use his potentialities and to labor as a human being of dignity giving to and receiving from his fellow man.
8. Much effort, much prosperity.
9. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy
10. If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.
11. Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity.
12. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
13. It's the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.
14. Use your brain, not your endurance.
15. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
Henry David Thoreau
16. it’s the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.
17. Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.
18. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
Henry David Thoreau
19. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George S. Patton
20. Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.
Leonardo da Vinci
21. The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
22. I'm not young enough to know everything.
J. M. Barrie
23. The teacher, if indeed wise, does not bid you to enter the house of their wisdom, but leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
24. Intuition and concepts constitute ... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.
25. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
26. Big goals get big results. No goals get no results or somebody else's results.
Mark Victor Hansen
27. It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
28. You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
29. You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
30. It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
31. Courage and grace is a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is the bullring.
32. Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
Stephen A. Brennan
33. Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.
Jose Ortega y Gassett
34. Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.
Jo se Ortega y Gassett
35. I just try to concentrate on concentrating.
36. Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
37. Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
38. I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
39. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each one 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.
Robert F. Kennedy
40. If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
41. There is a power under your control that is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire.
42. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.
43. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.
44. But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
45. Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
46. A man should never be ashamed to own that he is wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
47. You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to infinity of choices.
48. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
49. The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: 'the work is done.' But just as one says that, the answer comes: 'The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains.' The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
50. Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
51. The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
William F. Scolavino
52. Constant repetition carries conviction.
53. There is nothing entirely within our power but our own thoughts.
54. To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
55. The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
56. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
57. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
58. Quote Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
59. The difference between winning and losing is always a mental one.
60. Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
61. Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future—and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.
62. Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
63. Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel Cervantes and K. Gandhi
64. Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.
65. Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
66. If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.
67. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan
68. Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you."
Norman Vincent Peale
69. Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.
70. Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
71. True balance requires assigning realistic performance expectations to each of our roles. True balance requires us to acknowledge that our performance in some areas is more important than in others. True balance demands that we determine what accomplishments give us honest satisfaction as well as what failures cause us intolerable grief.
Melinda M. Marshall
72. Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.
73. You've got to develop mental strength. And you develop mental strength with the will. The will is the mental faculty that gives you the ability to hold one idea under the screen of your mind to the exclusion of all outside distractions.