One of the many great quotes on the wall of the Capital Area Food Bank warehouse in Washington DC:

MLK Quote

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t need to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo courtesy of Jamika Arnwine.


  1. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be inspiring, because it isn’t.

    In what context is King actually referring to?
    King being a ‘peaceful’ civil rights activist, is probably referring this to being a patriotic citizen, serving fellow countrymen with a graceful heart?

  2. Yunir: You don’t have to be inspired and if you want to know more about the quote then look it up.

    Think about it like this, this quote is on the wall of the Capital Area Food Bank which receives excess food from grocery stores in the area, the products are then largely separated by volunteers, and distributed to over 700 local agencies, about 21 million pounds of food a year, which in turn helps about 340,000 people. That’s service.

    I was there with a group last weekend and there were religious groups, social service groups, and groups of college students volunteering their time to do something useful for others. That’s service.

    Complaining about quotes is not service, do something useful this Ramadan.

  3. I apologise for being rude. I just don’t fancy King, for reasons I will not mention – still respect him for being vocal though.

    Anyway, thank you for the elaboration and the timely reminder.

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