Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Evening Muse: Thurgood Marshall 1908-1993

Thurgood Marshall Black Heritage Stamp

I recently watched Thurgood on HBO.  Thurgood is a one man play filmed at Lincoln Center in New York City starring Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall the civil rights attorney and Supreme Court Justice.  It is the interesting story of Justice Marshall's life from childhood until his retirement from the Supreme Court.  Enjoy a couple of the quotes I found inspiring.
"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."
 “What is the quality of your intent?

Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent.

My intent will be evident in the results."  (via

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