Wasn't Dr. King amazing with his words? Terrific quote today Randi. Silence with a smile can be the kindest support. Happy Sunday!!
septembermom: Yes, I loved that quote, especially since it seemed to fit my picture perfectly. I agree---sometimes the best friendship is just silent support where no words need be uttered.
Hi RandiThat is such a powerful quote. I've never heard it before.Septembermom, I like the silence with a smile too...and why? Because they are so true!
That trio might be silent but they are planning mischief.
Ken: I had never heard it before either and liked it. But now, I wonder how he meant it. The more I look at it, the more I see a different slant on it.Auntie M: They do look like they're up to something, don't they?Sandy: Smiling back at you, sistah!To all: So, I'm wondering...did he mean it the way we are all taking it? That friends understand our silence, and are there for us? Or that sometimes friends can be the best friends by saying nothing?Or, did he mean it as sometimes our enemies don't need to say anything to condemn us because the silence of our friends, who should stand up for us, condemns us on its own? I was just trying to see things from his perspective. For King, maybe the silence of his friends was a betrayal. What did he really mean by this quote?
_blank_and a great big *HUG* to those three cuties! - Daisy
Daisy: Aren't they adorable? Beanie Babies are still the rage at my son's school, even among the boys! Those three are part of my son's massive collection.
um Randi?... I believe massive is not the word for his collection.. Monumental would be the word I use. :) I think that the quote can be taken both ways. I think it might have depended on what stage of his life and what he was going through to understand his meaning. I, however, prefer to see it as my friends are supporting me.
Sandy: Oh hey, my son's collection does not even compare to your son's collection! How does monstrous sound? :) I prefer to see it as my friends supporting me too!
The quote didn't make sense to me. Often, I read a quote by a famous person and I think, What? What does that mean, or what is so profound about those words that it is being repeated? We each interept words differently. Or, in my case, sometimes I don't get it at all. LOL.
Auntie M: I thought I got it until I looked at it more closely and realized it could be interpreted in at least a couple of different ways. I at first just loved it because it went with my picture. Then I started thinking...and you know what happens when I start thinking... :)
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When a sentence is taken out of context and used as a quote it can lose or change the original intent. As in words being used for or against someone to make a point. A reporter can quote part of a sentence to slant whichever way he wants it to sound.
Auntie M: I call that the National Enquirer style of reporting. Very aggravating.
Randi, I took it to mean betrayal is harder to forget. You know where you are with your enemies and what to expect but when the unexpected comes in the form of condemning silence from friends It's like a near fatal blow.
Ken: That's exactly what I began to wonder was in King's mind when he said this. It's contrary to what I first thought when I read the quote, but the more I think about it, and knowing King's life, I assume that what you said is closer to the truth.
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