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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Mass civil disobedience can use rage as a constructive and creative force. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything Black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionaries and see the synonyms of the word Black. It's always something degrading and low and sinister. Look at the word White, it's always something pure, high and clean. Well I want to get the language right tonight. I want to get the language so right that everyone here will cry out: 'Yes, I'm Black, I'm proud of it. I'm Black and I'm beautiful!' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I don't think you can be in public life without being called bad names. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is a powerful as well as a just weapon. If you confront a man who has long been cruelly misusing you, and say, "Punish me, if you will; I do not deserve it, but I will accept it, so that the world will know I am right and you are wrong," then you wield a powerful and a just weapon. This man, your oppressor, is automatically morally defeated, and if he has any conscience, he is ashamed. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If I were constantly worried about death, I couldn't function. After a while, if your life is more or less constantly in peril, you come to a point where you accept the possibility philosophically. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must dispel the negative and harmful atmosphere that has been created by avaricious and unprincipled realtors who engage in "blockbusting." If we had in America really serious efforts to break down discrimination in housing, and at the same time a concerted program of government aid to improve housing for Negroes, I think that many white people would be surprised at how many Negroes would choose to live among themselves, exactly as Poles and Jews and other ethnic groups do. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whatever my doubts, however heavy the burden, I feel that I must accept the task of helping to make this nation and this world a better place to live in - for all men, black and white alike. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians who were nonconformists in the truest sense of the word . . . Their powerful gospel put an end to such barbaric evils as infanticide and bloody gladiatorial contests. Finally, they captured the Roman Empire for Jesus Christ. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Moral principles have lost their distinctiveness. For modern man, absolute right and absolute wrong are a matter of what the majority is doing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Our world hinges on moral foundations. God has made it so. God has made the universe to be based on a moral law. So long as man disobeys it he is revolting against God. That's what we need in the world today: people who will stand for right and goodness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We aren't going to let any mace stop us. We are masters in our nonviolent movement in disarming police forces; they don't know what to do. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies... True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look on uneasily upon the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are out to defeat injustice and not white persons who may be unjust. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must have the faith that things will work out somehow, that God will make a way for us when there seems no way. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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For all of us today, the battle is in our hands. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways to lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. We must keep going. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have condemned any organizer of war, regardless of his rank or nationality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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the universe is under the control of a loving purpose, and that in the struggle for righteousness man has cosmic companionship (angels). Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There comes a time when a moral man can't obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The failures of the past must not be an excuse for the inaction of the present and the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flaunt the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I plan to stand by nonviolence, because I have found it to be a philosophy of life that regulates not only my dealings in the struggle for racial justice, but also my dealings with people, and with my own self. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Is is always time to do the right thing. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is a usually force able of transforming an rivalry into friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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School takes 13 years, because that is how long it takes to break a child's spirit. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My soul is too glad and too great to be at heart the enemy of any man Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the event of a violent revolution, we would be sorely outnumbered. And when it was all over, the Negro would face the same unchanged conditions, the same squalor and deprivation-the only difference being that his bitterness would be even more intense, his disenchantment even more abject. Thus, in purely practical as well as moral terms, the American Negro has no rational alternative to nonviolence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Riots are the voices of the unheard. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Power is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice is love correcting everything that goes against love. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We had no alternative except that of preparing for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and national community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This Revolution is genuine because it was born from the same womb that always gives birth to massive social upheavals - the womb of intolerable conditions and unendurable situations. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ' an unjust law is no law at all. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We cannot walk alone. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That's all. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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 freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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...and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is no easy way to create a world where men and women can live together... But if such a world is created in our lifetime, it will be done by rejecting the racism, materialism, and violence that has characterized Western civilization and especially by working toward a world of brotherhood, cooperation, and peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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What I'm saying to you this morning is that Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the Kingdom of Brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of Communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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[I] know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems.... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My mommy always said there were no monsters - no real ones - but there are. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective - the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If your opponent has a conscience, then follow Gandhi and nonviolence. But if your enemy has no conscience like Hitler, then follow Bonhoeffer. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If an American is concerned only about his nation, he will not be concerned about the peoples of Asia, Africa, or South America. Is this not why nations engage in the madness of war without the slightest sense of penitence? Is this not why the murder of a citizen of your own nation is a crime, but the murder of citizens of another nation in war is an act of heroic virtue? Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In our society, it is psychological murder to deprive a man of a job...you are in substance saying to that man "You have no right to exist. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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