Adversity is the true measure of your worth.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. jailed in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, in April 1963.

“The ultimate measure of a man [or a player] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

(On being a good neighbor, Strength to Love, 1963)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist (1929-1968)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.


Comfort and convenience


Challenge and controversy


The measure of all things

January 11, 2015 blackribbon60

“Πάντων χρημάτων μέτρον άνθρωπο[ς]” *

Πρωταγόρας (Πλάτων, Θεαίτητος, 151e-152c)

* The human being is the measure of all things.

Protagoras, quoted by Plato in Theaetetus, 151e-152c
(in this dialogue, Socrates, talking to Theaetetus, quotes Protagoras)



Illustration based on The Vitruvian Mana drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, around 1492.


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