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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The conservatives who say, Let us not move so fast, and the extremists who say, Let us go out and whip the world, would tell you that they are as far apart as the poles. But there is a striking parallel: They accomplish nothing; for they do not reach the people who have a crying need to be free. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We are the heirs of a past of rope, fire, and murder. I for one am not ashamed of this past. My shame is for those who became so inhuman that they could inflict this torture upon us. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and is willing to accept the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir... America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It's just as evil to kill Vietnamese as it is to kill Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must use time creatively - and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. 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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The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. 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 have guided missiles and misguided men. 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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Love is the supreme unifying principle of life. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We still have a choice today: nonviolence coesistence or violent coannihilation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In any civilized society, it is every citizen's responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen's responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is precisely because education is the road to equality and citizenship, that it has been made more elusive for Negroes than many other rights. The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggled to be free they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Without justice, there can be no peace. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the current struggle, there is one positive course of action. There is no alternative, for the alternative would connote a rear march... Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We must all learn to live together as brothers. Or we will all perish together as foolsFor some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, 'Love your enemies.' It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The self cannot be self without other selves. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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When I took up the cross I recognized it's meaning. The cross is something that you bear, and ultimately, that you die on. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As a young man with most of my life ahead of me, I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow. But to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to give my life for the hungry, I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity . . . this is the way I'm going. If it means suffering, I'm going that way. If it means dying for them, I'm going that way, because I heard a voice saying DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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You have to keep moving forward Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The reason I can't follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I would rather be a man of conviction than a man of conformity Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Brutality was imprisoned in a lumious glare revealing the naked truth to the whole world Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The non-violent resistor not only avoids external, physical violence, but he avoids internal violence of spirit. He not only refuses to shoot his opponent, but he refuses to hate him. And he stands with understanding, goodwill at all times. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified.... All three were crucified for the same crime-the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Even if I were certain that the world would end tomorrow, I would plant a tree this very day Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A true revolution of values will see that the western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and, ultimately, destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy five and yet not ever truly to have lived. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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My parents would always tell me that I should not hate the white man, but that it was my duty as a Christian to love him. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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We decided to set our direct-action program around the Easter season, realizing that, with exception of Christmas, this was the largest shopping period of the year. Knowing that a strong economic withdrawal program would be the by-product of direct action. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is a more excellent way, of love and nonviolent protest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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By nonviolent resistance, the Negro can also enlist all men of good will in his struggle for equality. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the qu icksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I'm concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let's build bridges, not walls. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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